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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (5 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061962240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061962240
  • ASIN: 0061962244
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security—and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. It explains clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, how cyber weapons work, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals. This is the first book about the war of the future—cyber war—and a convincing argument that we may already be in peril of losing it.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. SMITH on 17 Jan. 2011
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Diacha on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kasia on 27 Nov. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonfornow on 31 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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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