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Pearl Harbor Dot Com Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2002
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About the Author
Winn Schwartau balances his time between writing, lecturing, and building corporate and national security awareness programs and consulting to multinational organizations and governments worldwide.·
Founder NiceKids.Net, a cyber-ethics web site for kids, families and teachers. He is the author of "Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids (and Parents and Teachers Without a Clue)" (2001/2002). This hit book has received rave reviews and has also been called "The best security book ever written."(Dr. Fred Cohen, all.net) It is being adopted by schools and corporations across the country.
· In 2002, he was honored as a "Power Thinker" and named one of the 50 most powerful people in networking by Network World.
· Founder of the influential InfowarCon conference, which has established itself as the premier international event on information warfare and Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Infowar. He is one of the country's leading experts on information security, infrastructure protection and electronic privacy.
· Often referred to as "the civilian architect of information warfare," he coined the term "Electronic Pearl Harbor" and was the Project Lead of the Manhattan Cyber Project Information Warfare and Electronic Civil Defense Team.
Mr. Schwartau's latest book (2002) "Pearl Harbor Dot Com" is a compelling fictional story about a Cyberterrorist attack on the United States. It underscores the need for cooperation and security awareness among all sectors of the United States, and indeed the world. It is based upon his prophetic 1991 novel, "Terminal Compromise".
Schwartau's hit "Cybershock" (2000, 2001) is a non-technical look at hackers, hacking and how important security is to families, companies and nations. It is meant for the average computer user or for organizations to help make their staffs aware of security concerns in the workplace. The principles he developed in "Time Based Security," (1999, 2001) have redefined how security is measured, and employs means to quantify network protection, detection and reaction processes.
His first non-fiction book, "Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway (1994, 1996, 1997) brought the concepts of Infowar and Cyberterrorism out into the open. He called for the creation of a National Information Policy, a Constitution in Cyberspace and an Electronic Bill of Rights. The sequels, "Information Warfare: Cyberterrorism, Second Edition," were released in 1997/1998.
Top Customer Reviews
The period of denouement was exciting and fun, but I found the ultimate resolution almost entirely unbelievable. The remedy just plain wouldn't work, and at some level that's the point of the book. I think he shied away from the apocalyptic ending he had planned, and the result -- at least for me -- meant that the plot ended with a wimper, and that was most of what this book had going for it.
The real protagonist of this story is the internet, and the author definitely knows his computer vulnerabilities. This could work as a teaching story; but that just isn't interesting enough for 500+ pages of fiction. I think this work would have benefited from some aggressive editing. If you are a layman technologist, want some lightweight introduction to computer security, you might enjoy this book. In particular, for anyone unaware of the risks that accompany the benefits of our online, interconnected civilization, this book could be a very interesting read.
As for me, I found it thin and overlong.
Several years ago, in his bestselling novel Debt of Honor, Tom Clancy scratched the surface of economic information warfare. In Pearl Harbor.com, Winn Schwartau takes the reader through a weeks-long attack against the national information infrastructure.
However, the book is not only a thirller. It is throught-provoking in a number of ways, exploring the true psyche of the hacker community; the dependance that Western Civilization now has on Computers; and the spectre of "what if we had to live without it."
This book is must-reading for anyone who has anything to do with information security, homeland defense, or economic security.
Schwartau's latest book is not only a thriller, but is a wake-up call that clearly shows the dangers of ignoring our critical information systems.
It is absolutely superb and written by one of the most authoritative persons around. Unlike most academic and industry security specialists, the author has from the very beginning understood, respected, and been in touch with the elite hackers who worked very hard in the 1980's to expose the outrageously vulnerable electronic systems used by our financial, transportation, power, and communications industries.
In my view, books like this as well as the non-fiction books such as "Information Warfare: Chaos on the Electronic Superhighway" have been vital elements in educating consumers, stockholders, and voters. If you want to know just how vulnerable your bank account is, read this book.
I won't reveal the surprise ending, but will say that it is absolutely a shocker, and totally credible.