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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel Brenner Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shortly after 9/11, Joel Brenner entered the inner sanctum of American espionage, first as the inspector general of the National Security Agency, then as the head of counterintelligence for the director of national intelligence. He saw at close range the battleground on which our adversaries are now attacking us—cyberspace. We are at the mercy of a new generation of spies who operate remotely from China, the Middle East, Russia, even France, among many other places. These operatives have already shown their ability to penetrate our power plants, steal our latest submarine technology, rob our banks, and invade the Pentagon’s secret communications systems.

Incidents like the WikiLeaks posting of secret US State Department cables hint at the urgency of this problem, but they hardly reveal its extent or its danger. Our government and corporations are a “glass house,” all but transparent to our adversaries. Counterfeit computer chips have found their way into our fighter aircraft; the Chinese stole a new radar system that the navy spent billions to develop; our own soldiers used intentionally corrupted thumb drives to download classified intel from laptops in Iraq; and much more.

Dispatches from the corporate world are just as dire. In 2008, hackers lifted customer files from the Royal Bank of Scotland and used them to withdraw $9 million in half an hour from ATMs in the United States, Britain, and Canada. If that was a traditional heist, it would be counted as one of the largest in history. Worldwide, corporations lose on average $5 million worth of intellectual property apiece annually, and big companies lose many times that.

The structure and culture of the Internet favors spies over governments and corporations, and hackers over privacy, and we’ve done little to alter that balance. Brenner draws on his extraordinary background to show how to right this imbalance and bring to cyberspace the freedom, accountability, and security we expect elsewhere in our lives.

In America the Vulnerable, Brenner offers a chilling and revelatory appraisal of the new faces of war and espionage—virtual battles with dangerous implications for government, business, and all of us.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary | 9/18/2013

    " If you are looking for a good overview on the current computer security threats that are out there and where they are coming from, this book is a good choice. The author has a background in military and government work that sets him apart from many others in this space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carl Marcus | 12/10/2012

    " This book should be required reading for anyone who works in IT or government. It provides a very clear description of man of the threats facing people today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wayne | 7/29/2012

    " I chose to read this book to gain a better understanding of the state of affairs with regard to potential cyberwarfare. The author dilligently details the sorry state of security of many of the systems that our economy and security depend on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ilya | 5/31/2012

    " Great beginner book to explain risks American companies and government face from other nation states. A little too much FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) but there are no half star ratings. Highly recommend to non-techie types. "

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