Inside Cyber Warfare
Mapping the Cyber Underworld
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 240

What people are saying about Inside Cyber Warfare

"The necessary handbook for the 21st century."

--Lewis Shepherd, Chief Tech Officer and Senior Fellow, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments

"A must-read for policy makers and leaders who need to understand the big-picture landscape of cyber war."

--Jim Stogdill, CTO, Mission Services Accenture

You may have heard about "cyber warfare" in the news, but do you really know what it is? This book provides fascinating and disturbing details on how nations, groups, and individuals throughout the world are using the Internet as an attack platform to gain military, political, and economic advantages over their adversaries. You'll learn 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.

Inside Cyber Warfare goes beyond the headlines of attention-grabbing DDoS attacks and takes a deep look inside multiple cyber-conflicts that occurred from 2002 through summer 2009.

  • Learn how cyber attacks are waged in open conflicts, including recent hostilities between Russia and Georgia, and Israel and Palestine
  • Discover why Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, Vkontakte, and other sites on the social web are mined by the intelligence services of many nations
  • Read about China's commitment to penetrate the networks of its technologically superior adversaries as a matter of national survival
  • Find out why many attacks originate from servers in the United States, and who's responsible
  • Learn how hackers are "weaponizing" malware to attack vulnerabilities at the application level

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Disappointing, only few good pointers

By brunosan

from Washington DC

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  • Helpful examples


  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Poorly written
  • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly Inside Cyber Warfare:

    This book is disappointing and I do not recommend it. It seems an incomplete recollection of examples with no real insights. His approach is shallow and naive (perhaps intentionally so). Yet, it provides interesting pointers to research elsewhere. The Wikipedia entry on Cyberwarfare is far more relevant and updated.

    There are many typos, the density of content is very low, and the style seems more appropriate for a blog, not an O-Reilly book. At times it resembles an speculative conspiracy plot. This book is not technical, neither I would qualify it as a good policy brief. For a good policy overview for the USA I would recommend the (free) NAS report on Deterring Cyberattacks.

    Cyberwarfare moves in the forefront of technology. As technologies mainstream and reach larger audiences, the leading edge gets more and more advanced. I chose this title looking for a technical overview of the topic, some historical examples and an evaluation of where the topic is evolving into.

    It does have a few interesting description of events, policy implications and issues that make very good pointers to discuss, learn or research upon (outside this book). Interestingly I would recommend this book exatly as that, a conversation starter for the Issues and facts, not for the conclusions or narrative.

    Looking at the Index I hope to make the point that the book does cover appropriate topics, but it fails to provide a structure or sense of comprehension.

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    Best cyber book in years

    By J.L.

    from St Louis, MO

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Well-written


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      Comments about oreilly Inside Cyber Warfare:

      Shorter than most, but it is fully informative and complete.

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