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Its a good read. Gives you information about stutnex virus and its fallout. However, there's not much inside as far as a geopolitical or current affair contxt is concered. Should have had quotes from people involved and some relevant inside.
The Book was good. Very interesting story and very factual. I felt it was a little drawn out at times. That could be my impatience as if you told this story succinctly you'd get it in about 10 pages, but would miss all the background and context given. I am a notoriously slow reader and I was impatient to get past some chapters to get to the next interesting fact.
if . . . you are a computer engineer or true hacker! Otherwise, be prepared to throw in the towel about 2/3's of the way in.
I'm no computer engineer, but I'm a pretty smart guy with an IQ of 137 and I can follow some pretty technical stuff, but I was glazed over by all the jargon that only has meaning to specialists in the fields.
Fortunately, my curiosity about the plot kept me going for as long as it did. But, too many pages read with too little motion in the storyline per pages. Gets bogged down in computerese.
I think if the book cut the jargon by half, and filled that space with more narrative around the plot and players, this would be an easy 5-star book.
So, I'm serious, this is a really good book for someone with the technical expertise to "enjoy" the detailed jargon. But for the average, intelligent reader, . . . you'll lose interest.
At its core, Countdown to Zero Day tells the story of Stuxnet, the computer virus developed to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program that has received significant media attention over the past few years. But the book is much more than that: it describes how governmental cyberwarfare has evolved over the past two decades, including many details of various operations undertaken by the United States and others. It also tells the story of the researchers who discovered Stuxnet and slowly deciphered the code, peeling back the layers of the virus one by one. Finally, it raises many important ethical questions regarding the emergence of cyberwarfare.
I found the book to be a mixed bag. The sections dealing with the evolution and emergence of cyberwarfare tended to drag. Zetter goes through program after program, operation after operation, in exhaustive detail. It's clear that she knows her stuff, but including this much information broke up the flow of the book for me. Her description of Stuxnet itself is another example of where the book can drag. Step by step she walks the reader through what Stuxnet did -- no small feat, given how complex the virus was. That said, it's incredibly technical and filled with jargon. As a non-programmer, I had a difficult time following. On the other hand, I found her descriptions of Iran's nuclear program, including Iranian efforts to deceive inspectors and other nations, to be really fascinating. She also does a great job of breathing life into the various players, including the researchers, programmers, and others who dug into Stuxnet.
If you have a strong interest in cyberwarfare or computer programming, Countdown to Zero Day is probably right up your alley. However, for others, I can only offer a qualified recommendation.
This book is great until about page 200. Then the story keeps getting told and retold with slightly different information. The back half of this book is incredibly hard to follow because it’s just a bunch of random facts that are repeated with no real connection and no timeline. The facts are great but could be written so much better