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It's hard to write about the dangers of technology without coming across as a wowser, an anti-technology fear monger. It's hard to find that balance between acknowledging all the good technology does and can do, while giving a realistic view of the dangers. This is made even harder when the dangers are something that is so underappreciated like cyber security. Maybe this book is too much on the fear-mongering side, or maybe it is just right: to put a little fear in us to take things a little more seriously.
As I write this, less than a day ago $79 million in Bitcoin was stolen. And there was recently (yet another) fappening release. Plus the "did Russia steal an election" discussions. And Prism. And the Sony hacks. And this, and that.... there is no end of horror stories with hacking and cyber warfare problems. It is something that needs to be taken seriously
Daniel Wagner has put together a detailed, well researched book that looks at many of the current dangers, the uses by Governments and non-government entities for espionage, and the many ways that people, companies and Governments can reduce their risks. The book is full of real examples, and statistics relating to the topic. While much of the book is focused on what others are doing against the US, it does not shy away from talking about how the US Government also engages in these practices. It’s just that the exact details and examples are a little more sparse. And as this book point out, that probably doesn’t mean the US does it less, they are just a little better at hiding it.
It's an eye opening book but it also gives great, practical advice for reducing risk. The problem may be that those who most need to read this may be those least likely to.
Narration by John Gully was great. Well-paced and clear. He engaged with the topic and was able to keep even the dryer parts interesting. Another enjoyable listen from him.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
This was a great book with a ton of information that covers a vast amount of areas. It talks about different type of hacks, viruses and techniques that have been used in the last few years. It also talks about the companies that have been hacked and some of the outcomes for them. It goes in depth about how cyber terrorism has been used, what countries are doing it and the future of how it and the internet will affect our world. This was not an opinion piece, it was facts and data. I appreciated the information, rather then someone's opinion on the topic. Narration was great, never got boring and speed was good. This is a good read for someone wanting to learn about the subject for the first time or someone who is looking for more information on the subject.