Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 5, 2019 - Computers - 368 pages
The true story of the most devastating cyberattack in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind it, from Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg.

“Lays out in chilling detail how future wars will be waged in cyberspace and makes the case that we have done little, as of yet, to prevent it.” Washington Post


In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest businesses—from drug manufacturers to software developers to shipping companies. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage—the largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen.

The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: a group known as Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike.

A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Sandworm considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability. As the Kremlin's role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, Sandworm exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur—with world-shaking implications.
 

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Greenberg has written an important and gripping account of cyber warfare through the lens of a series of attacks by a unit or units within Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU. Unfortunately ... Read full review

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An expert in cyber security? Read this. Interested in cyber security? Read this. Not interested in cyber security? Read this. No idea what cyber security is? Read this. It's really good. Seriously. Read full review

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Contents

EternalBlue
Mimikatz
NotPetya
National Disaster
Breakdown
The Cost
Aftermath
Distance

Holodomor to Chernobyl
Maidan to Donbas
Fancy Bear
Blackout
The Delegation
PART II
Aurora
Moonlight Maze
Estonia
Georgia
Stuxnet
FSociety
Poligon
IndustroyerCrash Override
PART III
Maersk
Shadow Brokers
PART V
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Defectors
Informatsionnoye Protivoborstvo
EVOLUTION
The Penalty
Bad Rabbit Olympic Destroyer
False Flags
74455
The Tower
Russia
The Elephant and the Insurgent
PART VI
Geneva
Acknowledgments
Warnings
Copyright

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About the author (2019)

ANDY GREENBERG is an award-winning senior writer for Wired magazine, where he covers security, privacy, information freedom, and hacker culture. He is the author of the 2012 book This Machine Kills Secrets.  Sandworm and excerpts from it have won a Gerald Loeb Award for International Reporting, a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, two Deadline Club Awards from the New York Society of Professional Journalists, and the Cornelius Ryan Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, documentary filmmaker Malika Zouhali-Worrall.

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