Subtitled “Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare”, Brenner uses his extensive background in and knowledge about national security to explain America’s next great battleground: digital security. Incidents like WikiLeaks posting secret U.S. State Department cables is only the tip of this massive, transparent iceberg that threatens to sink the United States.
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. American and NATO soldiers used intentionally corrupted thumb drives to download classified intelligence from laptops in Iraq; citizens fall for phishing scams and give up the log in information to their bank. And you and I should stop trying to hide behind anonymity when book blogging and blog reading because nothing is secretive on the web.
The book reads largely like a spy novel with perennial favorite Russia and new favorite China at it again and there were moments when I was afraid Brenner might be exaggerating. Yet, he backs up with statements with citations and expertise. Overall, the book is a great read. Unsettling? Yes. But a fascinating read nonetheless. I’m really looking forward to my class’ discussion on this topic tomorrow.
- Brenner, Joel. America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare. New York: Penguin, 2011. Print. 308 pgs. ISBN: 9781594203138. Source: Purchased.