Dark Territory

Dark Territory

The Secret History of Cyber War

eBook - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes the history of and key players in the development of cyber war strategies, from the ultra-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, to “information warfare” squads in the armed services.

Simon and Schuster
“An important, disturbing, and gripping history” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), the never-before-told story of the computer scientists and the NSA, Pentagon, and White House policymakers who invent and employ cyber wars—where every country can be a major power player and every hacker a mass destroyer.

In June 1983, President Reagan watched the movie War Games, in which a teenager unwittingly hacks the Pentagon, and asked his top general if the scenario was plausible. The general said it was. This set in motion the first presidential directive on computer security.

From the 1991 Gulf War to conflicts in Haiti, Serbia, Syria, the former Soviet republics, Iraq, and Iran, where cyber warfare played a significant role, Dark Territory chronicles a little-known past that shines an unsettling light on our future. Fred Kaplan probes the inner corridors of the National Security Agency, the beyond-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, the “information warfare” squads of the military services, and the national security debates in the White House to reveal the details of the officers, policymakers, scientists, and spies who devised this new form of warfare and who have been planning—and (more often than people know) fighting—these wars for decades.

“An eye-opening history of our government’s efforts to effectively manage our national security in the face of the largely open global communications network established by the World Wide Web….Dark Territory is a page-turner [and] consistently surprising” (The New York Times).

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
ISBN: 9781476763279
1476763275
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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mallorcaguy
Aug 18, 2018

Unlike other reviewers, I read the book. I found it to be a well-documented summary of the history of cyber warfare by our governmental agencies, both defensive and offensive measures starting during the Cold War and continuing through to today. The details of how different initiatives were executed by different agencies, and the interactions between the different groups charged with cyber security was factual and well researched. If one reads the author's acknowledgements, this book was heavily based on original research and many interviews with the individuals named in the cyber operations.

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StarGladiator
Mar 31, 2016

Books like this really serve no purpose today other than lightweight propaganda: until that day of integrity strikes in America, and there is undertaken forensic audits of the CIA, DIA, NSA and the Federal Reserve, these books only serve the purpose to confuse and befuddle. [Is this author the one married to Brook Gladstone of Koch brothers-financed NPR? I believe she is one of the snarkiest people in the CorporateMedia? As long as the elites or powers-that-be offshore ALL the jobs, ALL the technology, and ALL the investment to China, as well as the coding of the so-called countermeasures used in the US government, then this is all so much mindless silly talk on the author's part, and the intel community! Trivia question: How many recent Chinese immigrants hired in sensitive positions the last 10 years have been found to shipping secrets back to the Chinese government?]

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