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“As Russia has attacked, Greenberg has not been far behind, reporting on these incursions in Wired while searching for their perpetrators. Like the best true-crime writing, his narrative is both perversely entertaining and terrifying.”
—New York Review of Books
"Sandworm is much more than a true-life techno-thriller. It's a tour through a realm that is both invisible and critical to the daily lives of every person alive in the 21st century."
—Los Angeles Times
“Immensely readable…A hair-raising, cautionary tale about the burgeoning, post-Stuxnet world of state-sponsored hackers…Greenberg lays out in chilling detail how future wars will be waged in cyberspace and makes the case that we have done little, as of yet, to prevent it.”
"[A] chilling account of a Kremlin-led cyber attack, a new front in global conflict."
“Shocking…The book reads like a novel.”
—Washington Independent Review of Books
"An important front-line view of the changing cyberthreats that are shaping our world, their creators, and the professionals who try to protect us.”
"Sandworm offers both a ripping narrative of a hack that broke the world and a worrying glimpse at cyberwar's rapidly evolving future."
"The most detailed account yet of Russia's most destructive government-backed hackers."
“The must-read guide to state-sponsored hacking.”
"Andy Greenberg’s Sandworm has achieved what I thought was no longer possible: it scares me. Sandworm is the story of the Russian GRU hacking team that has evolved in a few short years into the most methodical, persistent, and destructive intelligence agency cyber warriors. After reading Sandworm you will not doubt those superlatives."
"A beautifully written deep-dive into a group of Russian hackers blamed for the most disruptive cyberattack in history, NotPetya, This incredibly detailed investigative book leaves no stone unturned, unravelling the work of a highly secretive group that caused billions of dollars of damage."
"[A] fascinating historical document that renders the often bland world of cybersecurity as a human tale that warrants our deepest attention."
"Sandworm is a sobering examination of an underreported story: The menace Russian hackers pose to the critical infrastructure of the West. With the nuance of a reporter and the pace of a thriller writer, Andy Greenberg gives us a glimpse of the cyberwars of the future while at the same time placing his story in the long arc of Russian and Ukrainian history."
—Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gulag and Red Famine
“A terrifying and infuriating look at a future in which cyberwar hawks and cyberwar deniers join forces to literally threaten our ability to continue civilization. Sandworm shows how, in our leaders’ focus on maintaining digital weapons to attack our enemies, they've left our own critical infrastructure defenseless.”
—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and Radicalized
"Sandworm hits that sweet spot of being both informative and entertaining as hell. In a journey that hopscotches from war-torn Ukraine to shadowy chatrooms to the halls of the UN, Greenberg takes readers on the hunt for the network of Russian hackers behind the most damaging cyberattack to occur so far. It is well worth your read."
—P.W. Singer, author of Ghost Fleet and LikeWar
“The good news about Andy Greenberg's Sandworm is that no one has ever dived so deeply into a major hack to illuminate the evolving crisis of a never-ending cyberwar. The bad news is when you finish this gripping narrative, you won't be sleeping as soundly as you did before.”
—Steven Levy, New York Times bestselling author of In the Plex and Hackers
“Lucid and compelling, Sandworm shows us how high-tech warfare is waged today in Eastern Europe: battlefields of computer viruses, software vulnerabilities, and faked digital fingerprints. Where foreign hackers remotely black out cities and feed false election results to television networks. Where laptops become weapons and a word processor becomes a tool to invade a nation’s critical infrastructure. The first half of Greenberg's meticulously researched book leaves us wondering: How long before it happens here? The second provides the chilling answer."
—Clifford Stoll, New York Times bestselling author of The Cuckoo's Egg
“An in-depth investigation of what the Russian military’s best cyber unit has already done to disrupt corporations, penetrate utilities, and prepare for cyberwar. Sandworm is a sword of Damocles over the US economy that any US president has to take into account when deciding on whether and how to counter the Kremlin.”
—Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism coordinator, author of The Fifth Domain and Cyber War
“A taut inquiry…Greenberg is an adroit investigator and gifted metaphorist. His lucid, dynamic exposé is a must-read for those worried about the vulnerabilities of the digital world.”
“A credible, breathless account…[Greenberg] effectively captures the disturbing nature of this new global threat.”
"Told with the fast-paced style of a thriller, this book is highly recommended for all fans of international intrigue and cyberwarfare. An exceptional account."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Loaded with original reportage, Greenberg's urgent and clarifying book will inform and worry everyone concerned about national andcyber security...Readers will revel in the details Greenberg provides."
About the Author
- ASIN : B07GD4MFW2
- Publisher : Anchor (November 5, 2019)
- Publication date : November 5, 2019
- Language : English
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- Print length : 370 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #15,561 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In 2007 Russia launched a cyberattack on Estonia, essentially putting that country off-line.
Two years later our own NSA used Stuxnet to overspeed Iran's nuclear-enrichment centrifuges, destroying many of them.
Russia, in 2008, cyberattacked its neighbor Georgia, with which it had a dispute. Georgia's government and media were "pummeled.."
Thus did tbe cyberwars start to play out. It crescendoed in 2017 when Russia set NotPetra on the world, the most devastating and costly malware in history. Parmaceutical giant Merck couldn't make certain vaccines, among other temporary lost abilities to get drugs to market. Shipping powerhouse Maersk had its cargo ships rendered inactive as tens of thousands of semis loaded with hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo for export couldn't get these eighteen-wheelers unloaded. Maersk lost tens of millions of dollars in revenues.
Cyberattacks on Ukraine disrupted mass transit, crippled some airports, hospitals, the postal service. Blackouts were part of the attack. This all was attributed to Kremlin-backed hackers who were collectively given the name Sandworm .
I like the way the author discusses the people he met and interviewed, giving us insight into who they are and how the dealt with the cyberwarfare in the countries. He had to use interpreters at times for Russian, Ukrainian and Korean. He did lots of research, and not just at his computer desk.
The cyberattacks can just involve snooping. Or data theft, whether personal or technical , whether for political or commercial or military use. It could be simply a denial-of-service attack, which is mainly just inconvenient. Or it could involve a kinetic attack, that could physically destroy power plants, for instance. Very serious stuff.
I was impressed by how comprehensive Andy’s research is; I too work in cyber security and I learned a lot from his work. His writing style is addictive; I couldn’t put this book down, and I highly recommend it to both industry professionals and newcomers alike. Or, for some of us, we’ll be giving this out at Christmas so our family members finally understand why we work the jobs we do and the real world danger the Internet has brought to our lives. This is the best book I’ve read since Countdown to Zeroday, hands down.
The capabilities Andy describes in this book should be a wake up call to anyone working in information security, infrastructure, transportation or any field where computer systems perform mission critical tasks. Stuxnet was the first cyber weapon, but BlackEnergy brought the danger to our doorsteps. Technology has leveled some aspects of warfare and capabilities once only the domain of superpowers can now be brought to bear by little more than a computer & Internet connection.
Top reviews from other countries
I learned about just how far cyber attacks can go and have gone. The hystorical overview is very questionable though,
which makes me doubt the rest of the book. For instance, "Russians oppressing Ukrainians for hundreds of years" is a very strange interpretation of history. Outrage at the Russian meddliing in US elections is also very odd. This is not something they should do, but the US and Europe have been doing that for decades. Similarly, attacks on civil infrastructure are to be condemned, but that happens in war. The author actually mentions bombing of Serbian power infrastructure in 1999, but then hypocritically states that those power plants supplied the army, when in reality those were supplying power to the civilians as well. These are just some of the examples.
A more objective book on the topic would have been much more enjoyable.
The writing style itself is good and even engaging however it feels like it was written for a very specific audience in mind. Greenberg is very biased and obvious which US political party he leans to.
The story that is being pushed in the book is very simple: Russia is in a "modern dark age" and is viciously unleashing its sinister cyber weapons on the West.
Cyber crime attribution is a very difficult and should be objective and with plenty of evidence. This book is telling us who did what and who is guilty without much evidence. Lots of speculation and not much evidence.
Buy this book if:
- You just want to reaffirm your political biases
Skip this book if:
- Looking for an objective treatment of the subject without a political baggage
Also the ending (when he goes to Moscow) is a bit ridiculous and made Greenberg quite childish and naive.
The detail is excellent and does not lose the unskilled Non-IT person.
Will make you want to ask questions in work but also made me sit up and take notice when my Prime Minister recently mentioned additional funds for cyber defence.
An essential read for anyone interested in digital security.