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Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld Paperback – December 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0596802158 ISBN-10: 0596802153 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596802153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596802158
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Carr (CEO, Taia Global, Inc.) is the author of "Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld" (O'Reilly Media 2009) and the founder and CEO of Taia Global, Inc., a boutique security consulting firm for Global 2000 companies. His book has been endorsed by General Chilton, former Commander USSTRATCOM and he has had the privilege of speaking at the US Army War College, Air Force Institute of Technology, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Study Group and at over 60 conferences and seminars. His firm provides specialized cybersecurity services to a select group of companies and their executives in the defense, technology, and communication sectors world-wide.


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Mr. Carr is a recognized authority on cyber conflict and security who specializes in the investigation of network attacks against governments, corporations, and critical infrastructure by State and Non-State actors. He regularly consults with agencies of the U.S. and allied governments on Russian and Chinese cyber warfare strategy and tactics as well as new and emerging threats. His book "Inside Cyber Warfare" has been endorsed by General Chilton, Commander USSTRATCOM and his Chief of Staff MG Abraham Turner, among others, and he has been asked to speak on these issues at numerous venues including the Defense Intelligence Agency, US Army War College, Air Force Institute of Technology, NATO's CCDCOE Conference on Cyber Conflict, and DEFCON.

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This is a very informative and easy-to-read book.
Dan B
The book itself is tiresome to read and feels like you are just trying to weed through so much "chaff" as you attempt to find something compelling to take away.
Dave
"Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld" is by far the best available guide to this highly sophisticated threatscape.
David J. Bianco

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dave on February 25, 2010
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I bought this book trying to further my understanding of Cyber Warfare and how it has become integral force multiplier/enabler in today's digital battlefield. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that this book was basically a regurgitation of what is available on the Internet with a little "googling". The book itself is tiresome to read and feels like you are just trying to weed through so much "chaff" as you attempt to find something compelling to take away. Granted, I think if you have done no initial reading on the subject and it is totally new to you- this book may be a good primer. Seriously though, if you are a student that wants to gain a better understanding of how cyberspace plays a role in a geo-political strategic context- this is not the book for you. If Jeffrey Carr is an expert in Cyber Warfare- he needs to way up the ante on another book and make it more than just a conglomeration of articles that are pretty much freely available on the Internet.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 15, 2012
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Jeffrey Carr makes a living out of advising others on cyber security. It is unlikely that he'll be short of work in if only half is of what he writes about in this 300 page book is true.

Inside Cyber Warfare (O'Reilly Publishing) is as fascinating as it is worrying.

For example, how do you know who initiated a cyber attack? How do you tell the difference between cyber crime and cyber warfare, and does it matter (it does according to Carr, although the two are often linked). What are the differences between traditional war and cyber war, and what do these mean for things like defensive counter-measures or the traditional legal frameworks that guide war-making?

One of the strengths of this book is that these questions are not pursued in an abstract manner - one of Carr's purposes in writing the book is provide guidance for policy makers dealing with these issues. To that end, he grounds the theory with the practice, drawing on real life experiences to flesh out the discussion.

Are there any negatives to this book? A couple, but nothing too serious. Perhaps necessarily the book makes a lot of use of a small number of examples of cyber warfare - presumably because these examples are well understood by the author and, to date, because there are not that many examples in the public arena. The result is a feeling at times of repetition - a problem the editors probably could probably have managed better.

Ultimately I left the book worried about what Carr sees as a blind spot in the way that governments go about ensuring cyber security for their people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexey I. Smirnov on February 10, 2012
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The main purpose of this book is to investigate whether it is possible to launch a devastating attack without possessing any weapons, by only using an Internet-connected PC. It happened many times in the past that military commanders went on horses to fight with tanks, in which case a large army can fall victim to a small regiment.

From the very beginning, the author makes it very clear that the main threat comes from non-state hacker groups who are indirectly supported by governments. I think those groups are similar to pirates of the medieval ages. They rip off merchants sometimes, but they can be hired to protect trade routes from competing states. As usual, private organizations are much quicker at building up teams with necessary skills, whereas the official government policy is still in its infancy. Also, there is a clear division in what government and non-government organizations do: the informal hacker groups launch attacks, and government agencies try to defend against external threats. The book makes it very clear that this needs to change.

Many governments realized that long time ago, so in the second half of the book the author presents a comprehensive overview of cyber-capabilities of top 20 or so most advanced countries. This is a bit boring to read, as the book provides way too many details on the internal structure of ministries and agencies. But maybe it is a good reference material for professional strategic decision makers. In addition, when analyzing Russia, I think the book attributes too much power to a bunch of oligarchs. Trust me, they are not responsible for cyber-attacks launched from Russia. There are indeed some covert hacker groups which the book fails to identify.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt B on November 13, 2010
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I found this book to be very disappointing in many regards. I expect a certain degree of quality in O'Reilly books and this one did not meet it. It's a thin book, and although there is some interesting content, enough to pass a couple of hours of late-night reading, the level of writing is about that of a mediocre Wikipedia article. The style is more appropriate for a blog or uneven journalistic account than a published book. Typos, very obvious ones, abounded throughout the text. The price is exorbitant for such a shallow pass at the subject.

I did not find it to be an intellectually stimulating work, and its best value was in directing me to other resources referenced by the work.

My guess is that the publisher wanted to capitalize off a cool subject, but this fails to attack the subject in any significant way.
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