America the Vulnerable

America the Vulnerable

Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare

Book - 2011
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Now available in a new edition entitled GLASS HOUSES: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World.

A former top-level National Security Agency insider goes behind the headlines to explore America's next great battleground: digital security. An urgent wake-up call that identifies our foes; unveils their methods; and charts the dire consequences for government, business, and individuals.

Shortly after 9/11, Joel Brenner entered the inner sanctum of American espionage, first as the inspector general of the National Security Agency, then as the head of counterintelligence for the director of national intelligence. He saw at close range the battleground on which our adversaries are now attacking us-cyberspace. We are at the mercy of a new generation of spies who operate remotely from China, the Middle East, Russia, even France, among many other places. These operatives have already shown their ability to penetrate our power plants, steal our latest submarine technology, rob our banks, and invade the Pentagon's secret communications systems.

Incidents like the WikiLeaks posting of secret U.S. State Department cables hint at the urgency of this problem, but they hardly reveal its extent or its danger. Our government and corporations are a "glass house," all but transparent to our adversaries. 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; our own soldiers used intentionally corrupted thumb drives to download classified intel from laptops in Iraq. And much more.

Dispatches from the corporate world are just as dire. In 2008, hackers lifted customer files from the Royal Bank of Scotland and used them to withdraw $9 million in half an hour from ATMs in the United States, Britain, and Canada. If that was a traditional heist, it would be counted as one of the largest in history. Worldwide, corporations lose on average $5 million worth of intellectual property apiece annually, and big companies lose many times that.

The structure and culture of the Internet favor spies over governments and corporations, and hackers over privacy, and we've done little to alter that balance. Brenner draws on his extraordinary background to show how to right this imbalance and bring to cyberspace the freedom, accountability, and security we expect elsewhere in our lives.

In America the Vulnerable , Brenner offers a chilling and revelatory appraisal of the new faces of war and espionage-virtual battles with dangerous implications for government, business, and all of us.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781594203138
159420313X
Branch Call Number: 364.168 B751am 2011
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 25 cm

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Jan 09, 2014

Who the bloody heck is this guy? Oh, yeah, he's one of the very bad guys who cheered for the offshoring of jobs, technology and investment to China and elsewhere, and now he wants to blame it on China? He was there at the creation of various penetration programs to further enrich the plutocracy with financial intelligence and command and control of the population! They steal our "latest submarine technology" - - sorry, bubbalo, but the Chinese foreign visa workers, brought in to replace American engineers, have been found guilty in court repeatedly of that crime! Brenner claims: "Counterfeit computer chips have found their way into our fighter aircraft" - - The US government has purchased those chips from China, bubbalo! Therefore Brenner is a liar! This guy is such a farce! This drivel rated FARCE!

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