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America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare Hardcover – September 29, 2011
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Yet, with all the thousands of reported Internet crimes in the U.S. reported every year, only 15 resulted in arrests or prosecutions in 2008, 19 in 2007. Botnets (linked computers taking directions from a hostile 'master') can shut down targeted systems (distributed-denial-of-service, aka 'DDOS'), and make identifying and blocking the perpetrators quite difficult when overseas computers are involved (as they usually are) - sometimes these overseas perpetrators are located in nations with no laws against cyber crimes, such as Africa or Latin America.
The FBI has estimated that China's PLA has 30,000 cyberspies, augmented by another 150,000 in the private sector. Russia has a similar situation.
Amazingly, the U.S.Read more ›
In this review I'd like to highlight some of Mr Brenner's insights and commentary.
On pp 65-7 he discusses "China's Long View... China had the world's largest economy for eighteen of the past twenty centuries. The two exceptions were those of America's youth and rise to power.... Like India, China does not regard Western domination as normal, and it does not suffer from an inferiority complex. China's chief national strategic objectives are to lift its population out of poverty and reestablish its place in the international order."
On pp 68-71 he explains the problem with the binary thinking of Westerners regarding war. China does not see war as a binary issue, where one is either at peace OR at war. "This kind of ambiguity is difficult for Americans to digest. We are direct and aboveboard, and we like to think others are like us -- or would be if given half a chance... [W]e suffer from a Western misconception in our law, religion, and policy that 'peace' and 'war' are opposites that cannot occur at the same time...Read more ›
In America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare, author Joel Brenner, an attorney who was the senior counsel at the NSA until 2009, takes the conversation to a different infrastructure, namely the digital and network world. Brenner’s premise is that, since much of the digital world and information superhighway haven’t been adequately secured, much of the U.S. digital and critical infrastructure remains vulnerable to hackers, foreign governments, terrorists and numerous other threats and adversaries.
In this 250 page call to action, Brenner lays out, in detail, the dangers the U.S. faces to its freedom and national security if action is not taken – and taken quickly.
In the movie Field of Dreams, a farmer repeatedly hears a voice whispering, “if you build it, he will come,” which leads the main character to build a baseball diamond. In the digital world, the reality is such that, if you don’t secure it, they will come and take your data and intellectual property. America the Vulnerable lays out the case that an insecure digital infrastructure almost begs adversaries to comes and attack it, which in turn places the entire nation at risk.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read from someone that was in the middle of the intelligence community.Published 5 months ago by Anon Omus
Some good stuff. Brenner paints a picture of Russian and especially Chinese state sponsored hackers as stealing our secrets and potentially disabling our infrastructure, military... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas Adams
Awesome book! If you aren't paranoid already, you will be after reading this one!Published 19 months ago by Amazon Shopper
Good information. Written like a military paper, very dry but full of information. American isn't completely serious about security. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Happy Gilmore
This book was required for a course in college but that's not why I hate this book. It is extremely opinion based and very repetitive, I ended up buying the audiobook for it... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Derek Sheck