The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
On Sale: April 20, 2010
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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. 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
Cyber War goes behind the "geek
talk" of hackers and computer scientists to explain 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. From the first
cyber crisis meeting in the White House a decade ago to the
boardrooms of Silicon Valley and the electrical tunnels
under Manhattan, Clarke and coauthor Robert K. Knake trace
the rise of the cyber age and profile the unlikely
characters and places at the epicenter of the battlefield.
They recount the foreign cyber spies who hacked into the
office of the Secretary of Defense, the control systems for
U.S. electric power grids, and the plans to protect
America's latest fighter aircraft.
militarily, Clarke and Knake argue, what we've already lost
in the new millennium's cyber battles is tantamount to the
Soviet and Chinese theft of our nuclear bomb secrets in the
1940s and 1950s. The possibilities of what we stand to lose
in an all-out cyber war -- our individual and national
security among them -- are just as chilling. Powerful and
convincing, Cyber War begins the critical debate
about the next great threat to national security.
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