Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers

Doubleday. Nov. 2019. 368p. notes. index. ISBN 9780385544405. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385544412. CRIME
In the summer of 2017, the worst digital attack in history paralyzed companies around the world. Financial institutions, shipping companies, and even drug manufacturers were impacted. The malware was named NotPetya and the group responsible was called Sandworm. Greenberg (senior writer, Wired; This Machine Kills Secrets) tells the engrossing tale of the hunt for those responsible. Three years earlier, the small net security firm iSight Partners found the precursor to the NotPetya malware. They immediately began to look for similar global attacks and realized the hackers all referred to Frank Herbert’s epic “Dune” series, hence the Sandworm. The purpose of the 2017 attack was to cripple Urkraine’s infrastructure. When it later became known that the hackers were being helped by Russian intelligence, the stakes became even higher. Throughout, Greenberg covers major hacking events in recent history that led to this incident.
VERDICT 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 that will inform and possibly frighten--and a necessary purchase for all libraries.
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