Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat

with Garrett M. Graff. PublicAffairs. Oct. 2018. 480p. notes. index. ISBN 9781541773837. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781541773813. TECH
Former assistant attorney general for national security Carlin (Morrison & Foerster LLP), with award-winning journalist Graff (Raven Rock), tells the story of America's "Code War," focusing on conflicts during the last 15 years involving China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia. By turns electrifying, illuminating, inspirational, and difficult to put down, the work describes how "criminals, terrorists, and spies" have used the Internet for their gain, and how the U.S. government, along with international allies, has assessed and addressed these threats. This brilliant narrative is not so technical as to dissuade the layperson but still holds the attention of more tech-savvy readers. Similar in energy to Carl Bernstein's All the President's Men, it informs of current cyberthreats while offering stirring success stories and cautions about the future of the code war—because it is certainly not finished.
VERDICT A deeply intriguing look into cybersecurity threats facing the United States that will fascinate anyone interested in technology and/or political intrigue.

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