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Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It [Kindle Edition]

Richard A. Clarke , Robert Knake
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“Chilling... [A] harrowing — and persuasive — picture of the cyberthreat the United States faces today.” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

“Clarke and Knake are right to sound the alarm.” (Wall Street Journal)

“[CYBER WAR] may be the most important book about national-security policy in the last several years.” (Slate)

“In this chilling and eye-opening book, Clarke and Knake provide a highly detailed yet accessible look at how cyber warfare is being waged and the need to rethink our national security to face this new threat.” (Booklist)

“Will strengthen Clarke’s claims as one of the founding fathers of cybersecurocracy....It is worth buying this book if only for his pithy five-page vision of this coming apocalypse and a return to stone-age conditions within a week, all because of a few pesky hackers and viruses.” (Financial Times)


"Will strengthen Clarke's claims as one of the founding fathers of cybersecurocracy....It is worth buying this book if only for his pithy five-page vision of this coming apocalypse and a return to stone-age conditions within a week, all because of a few pesky hackers and viruses."--Financial Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061962236
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (20 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F1WMAM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle introduction to IT Security 17 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Richard Clarke has a good understanding of the politics involved in technology and why the implementation of defensive security measures has been slow within the western world, especially within the private sector of the critical infrastructure.

I found Cyber War a very well written book that was easy to read and understand. I am giving it 3 stars because it is more aimed at a political person than a technical one. Even so I would highly recommend it to anyone getting into the computer security or IT business.

The book does not use technical language and explains terms used in the text and in a glossary at the end. It is aimed at the non technical but could be required reading for anyone in the IT industry. There is good insight into the state sponsored attacks which are going on today. The threats faced by every organisation from advanced attackers need to be taken seriously. While this book does not claim to provide the solutions it should help to get the information to the real decision makers and budget holders within Government and large organisations.

The book begins with background on previous cyber attacks like the DDOS of Estonia and talks about how America wants to control cyber space. The end of chapter two narrates a (in my opinion) far fetched scenario in which the critical infrastructure of the USA is taken down. I think this is drawn form his previous experience in writing novels!

The authors broad background and view of international affairs allows him to draw comparisons to nuclear war planning which while I admit were similar were to 'out there' for anyone on the ground to influence. By halfway through the book I started to get pretty bored of the power grid and financial sector.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AND NOW, MR BOND... 23 Aug 2010
By Diacha
"And now, Mr. Bond, let me explain my diabolical plan to bring your puny civilization to its knees. First, I am going to immobilize the absurdly net centric US military machine. Next, and this is ridiculously simple, I will shut down your entire power grid, telecommunications services and air traffic control. Next I will erase all financial records in your banking system and stock exchanges wiping out the net worth of millions of people. Finally, and this is my favorite part, I will close down Wal-Mart's entire supply chain management system. Ha, ha, ha etc."

As Richard Clarke, former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-Terrorism, and Robert Knake, a scholar in the field of security matters - two authors who clearly know what they are talking about - point out in "Cyber War," this Bond villain fantasy is not so far fetched. Some thirty nations have advanced cyber warfare capabilities, and portions are within plausible reach of criminal and terrorist organizations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 27 Nov 2012
By Kasia
Absolutely amazing book! It is really easy to read and follow, and at the same time, it provides you with tonnes of useful information and references on cyberwar. I used it as a preliminary research for my postgraduate dissertation- it worked really well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and endangering in equal measure 31 Oct 2011
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We live in a largely protected world, insulated from the reality of war and the struggles of many nations. What we see is through the filter of a news channel or the opinion of a blogger - rarely do we get a truly accomplished veteran sharing their knowledge of the situation and what we can expect.

Clarke writes well and gets to the point. We are at dire threat from a cyber attack at any given time of day or night. This attack might appear to draw on unimaginable sophistry but, since all code is created by humans, the blame will lie at inelegant effort and greedy corporations.

Why would Microsoft allow the Chinese to have the Windows code? So they could sell it there, of course. Ergo, the Chinese government has the infrastructure of more computers in the world than any other platform. But we have AV software, I hear you say. Is it impossible that the attackers could have coded their 'bombs' to be undiscovered? Because it's happened more than once.

The printer in the office, the electricity switch at the wall, the airplane taking you on holiday - all incredibly vulnerable to the most constricting and lifestyle preventing attack that you could conceive.

Afghanistan and Iraq have kept the gung-ho generals in eye watering budgets for years. Naturally they fight the last war in terms of strategies and tactics - these take blood to revise. They are resistant to cyber units who might protect us against severely debilitating attacks.

Why sacrifice your own men and women when you can press a button and activate devastation with little recourse to your nation? Such could be the dilemma the Chinese are struggling with...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Title undersells a well thought out book
CYBER WAR screams the title, in bold. The book itself is far more nuanced. Yes, Clarke and his co-author are writing about cyber war. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dad 2 a wee nipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, so I'm told
This was a gift, but the recipient soon dived straight into it and found it interesting reading. Though of course you do have to be into the subject matter because I believe it can... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the concept of cyber war.
An easy to read book that explains what cyber war is at a fairly high level. The subject is very much warfare as opposed to security, so much of the book is concerned with cyber... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrew G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point
Great way to introduce the subject of cyber security with case studies and political effects and consequences. Hard to put down!
Published 12 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars How the next war will begin
This book details not only what could happen in the near future in the field of technical warfare but also reveals what has happened recently especially in Syria that the public... Read more
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This is an interesting subject which most of us no little about - frightening prospect for our way of life
Published on 26 Dec 2012 by Tony Rentsch
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A very good read about what might be the battle field of the present and future. It makes you wonder whats on your computer!!
Published on 24 Nov 2012 by GrahamS
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but based on American Policy
This is a very American centric book, which is fair enough, the primary author has been on various policy committees in the US administration. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2012 by Half Man, Half Book
4.0 out of 5 stars POWER GRID! POWER GRID! POWER GRID! POW...
A great read for anyone interested in understanding the issues facing countries over the next couple of decades in the new "fifth-dimension" of warfare. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to know about Cyber War
This is a truly fascinating book for anyone interested in Cyber Warfare. It is clearly written in everyday language and is certainly not a geeks tech manual. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Martin Beecroft
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