Inside Cyber Warfare, 2nd Edition
Mapping the Cyber Underworld
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2011
Pages: 318

When the Stuxnet computer worm damaged the Iranian nuclear program in 2010, the public got a small glimpse into modern cyber warfare—without truly realizing the scope of this global conflict. Inside Cyber Warfare provides fascinating and disturbing details on how nations, groups, and individuals throughout the world increasingly rely on Internet attacks to gain military, political, and economic advantages over their adversaries.

This updated second edition takes a detailed look at the complex domain of cyberspace, and the players and strategies involved. You’ll discover how sophisticated hackers working on behalf of states or organized crime patiently play a high-stakes game that could target anyone, regardless of affiliation or nationality.

  • Discover how Russian investment in social networks benefits the Kremlin
  • Learn the role of social networks in fomenting revolution in the Middle East and Northern Africa
  • Explore the rise of anarchist groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec
  • Look inside cyber warfare capabilities of nations including China and Israel
  • Understand how the U.S. can legally engage in covert cyber operations
  • Learn how the Intellectual Property war has become the primary focus of state-sponsored cyber operations

Jeffrey Carr, the founder and CEO of Taia Global, Inc., is a cyber intelligence expert and consultant who specializes in the investigation of cyber attacks against governments and infrastructures by state and non-state hackers.

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Very eye-opening book about cyber crimin

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  • Well-written

Cons

  • Not Technical Enough

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Jeffrey Carr attempts to inform and explain the intricacies of the current global treat which exits on the internet, but which most of us are unaware of. The whole book revolves around the hidden threat of the cyber criminals who are quickly gaining ground in a war which many don't realize even exist. Carr also extensively covers the legal and political issues which currently exist.

This book is very eye opening. Carr tells a fascinating accounts of how malicious individuals were able to take small pieces of information and build it up until they had more than enough information to easily compromise the individuals they were attempting to compromise. Carr also goes into the means of communication which many of these hacker groups use as well how they are organized. As if this wasn't enough to fill one book he then goes into all of the legal and policial implications of these attacks. He goes into depth about the UN relations and which countries are able to attack each other and now this war is different than any other in history because it has no visible troops, but more importantly, no political boundaries. This creates a dilemma in relation to the current international law which is not sufficiently prepared for these kinds of attacks.

The only thing I didn't particularly like about this book is that as a software engineer I would have liked to see more technical details and less political/legal analysis.

Overall, this book is very eye opening and a good read for anyone who uses the internet (which lets face it, is all of us).

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A Very Descritive Book on Internet Wars

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  • Descriptive
  • Helpful examples

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  • Can't read continuously
  • Many technical details

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Jeffrey Carr is a well known computer security consultant and has worked with US defense authorities. So he is, by all means, in full capacity to write a book in this field which is unfamiliar to a majority of people with and without a technological background.

The book begins with a brief description of Cyber warfare and continues to elaborate the subject giving actual examples from the recent past. Until reading the book I was not knowing that many of the mentioned situations are actual Cyber attacks carried out by governments or terrorists. Another important area covered here is the background and capabilities of groups like "Anonymous." The author has also included the Cyber warfare capabilities of some countries as well.

The format and presentation of the book is somewhat different. It is highly descriptive and goes into detail in explaining highly technical details. On the other hand it analyses the legal framework related to network security in full detail. Even though this makes the book a complete piece of work, some readers might find it difficult to do an uninterrupted reading. Its better to skip those legal related parts in your first read and refer to them when necessary.

Another point I noticed is that the book is written from the eye of a US citizen. As a result some non-US readers with different political viewpoints might get conflicting ideas.

As a whole the book is both an interesting read and an important reference.

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