Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Reading List Updated - @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex Completed and Removed

Not a lot more to say from my previous review.  After discussing Stuxnet the author really kind of goes after the NSA and Keith Alexander accusing them of hyping both the cyberwar / cyber-terrorism threat and a kind of J. Edgar Hoover-esque empire building on the part of Alexander.

I think it would be safe to say the author is not a fan.

Snowden gets a pretty positive reception - Yet another block in the Snowden mythos is revealed.  While on a secret mission to India (the author's words I swear, Wikipedia just says official business) Snowden enrolled in a 6 day long Core Java Programming  course and Advanced Ethical Hacking, where of course, he was brilliant.  Snowden himself doesn't appear to validate these claims:
One of the Lucas charges was a “fishy” September 2010 trip to India, where he speculates Snowden may have met unspecified Russians or intermediaries, and attended a hacking course. “It’s bullshit,” Snowden exclaims. “I was on official visits, working at the US embassy. You know, it’s not like they didn’t know I was there. And the six-day course afterwards, it wasn’t a security course, it was a programming course. 
Anyway, it's kind of beside the point, but I just wanted to point it out anyway

Finally a good portion of the last quarter or so of the book is devoted to the issue of Chinese hacking and the ongoing threat from it.  This is probably the most interesting portion of the book and harris provides some pretty good background without getting to far into the weeds.

Overall the book was a fairly good read.  I don't think I would recommend it for everyone but if you are interested in this sort of thing pick it up.

BTW - This opens up a slot on the reading list.  Any recommendations?
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