Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to by Richard A. Clarke, Robert Knake

By Richard A. Clarke, Robert Knake

Richard A. Clarke warned the USA as soon as ahead of in regards to the havoc terrorism could wreak on our nationwide defense -- and he was once correct. Now he warns us of one other chance, silent yet both harmful. Cyber War is a strong e-book approximately know-how, executive, and army procedure; approximately criminals, spies, squaddies, and hackers. this can be the 1st booklet concerning the struggle of the long run -- cyber warfare -- and a resounding argument that we might already be in danger of wasting it.

Cyber War is going at the back of the "geek talk" of hackers and desktop scientists to provide an explanation for sincerely and convincingly what cyber battle is, how cyber guns paintings, and the way weak we're as a country and as members to the immense and looming net of cyber criminals. From the 1st cyber main issue assembly within the White condo a decade in the past to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley and tunnels lower than ny, Clarke and coauthor Robert okay. Knake hint the increase of the cyber age and profile the not likely characters and areas on the epicenter of the battlefield. They recount the international cyber spies who hacked into the place of work of the Secretary of safeguard, the regulate structures for U.S. electrical energy grids, and the plans to guard America's most recent fighter plane.

Economically and militarily, Clarke and Knake argue, what we've already misplaced within the new millennium's cyber battles is tantamount to the Soviet and chinese language robbery of our nuclear bomb secrets and techniques within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. the probabilities of what we stand to lose in an all-out cyber struggle -- our person and nationwide protection between them -- are only as chilling. strong and convincing, Cyber War starts off the severe debate concerning the subsequent nice danger to nationwide safeguard.

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Indeed, an agent in place could theoretically set up a link from his location back to Israel’s Air Force command post. Using low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) communications methods, an Israeli agent may be able to establish “cove comms” (covert communications), even in downtown Damascus, beaming up to a satellite with little risk of anyone in Syria noticing. S. Our Israeli friends have learned a thing or two from the programs we have been working on for more than two decades. S. S. and allied aircraft came screeching in toward Baghdad.

The third possibility is that an Israeli agent would find any fiber-optic cable of the air defense network somewhere in Syria and splice into the line (harder than it sounds, but doable). Once on line, the Israeli agent would type in a command that would cause the “trapdoor” to open for him. While it is risky for an Israeli agent to be wandering around Syria cutting into fiber-optic cables, it is far from impossible. Reports have suggested for decades that Israel places its spies behind Syrian borders.

Estonia claimed that the ultimate controlling machines were in Russia, and that the computer code involved had been written on Cyrillic-alphabet keyboards. The Russian government indignantly denied that it was engaged in cyber war against Estonia. It also refused Estonia’s formal diplomatic request for assistance in tracing the attackers, although a standing bilateral agreement required Moscow to cooperate. Informed that the attacks had been traced back to Russia, some government officials admitted that it was possible perhaps that patriotic Russians, incensed at what Estonia had done, were taking matters into their own hands.

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