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This is well written, very accessible narrative of Stuxnet. That will appeal to the more technical reader. I was impressed by the detailed description that Zetter included, without hurting the narrative of the book. The length of the reviews on the page is evidence enough that people read it carefully and felt the need to share. Hugely recommended.
Excellent book. I first saw a documentary about the subject and I just had to learn more about Stuxnet. I have read a couple of books on US foreign policy towards Iran (and its main enemy Saudi Arabia) and this book complimented those books very well. It amazes me after all these years that US and western media still presents Iran as a threat to world peace even though US and Israel actions - which are described in this book - are nothing more than acts of war.
This book reads like a thriller. What I was most impressed about was the amount of notes cited after each chapter. It just shows how much effort went into the whole book. The other aspect which is brilliant is that it doesn't just focus on the Stuxnet virus and that's it: it literally uses references from all the important people that had been brought into contact with it. This enables you to get a complete understanding about the virus's creators; what happened once the virus was released and most importantly - the implications from it.
Honestly if you've just heard of Stuxnet you really would want to read this: you'll be blown away by it (metaphorical joke there).
Really good read. Very interesting stuff about how the security services are storing and using zero day exploits possibly with or without the knowledge of Google, Microsoft etc although of course we'll never know expect if we see another Edward Snowdon. Certainly state sponsored cyber warfare is on the increase and will likely be the future. Off to build and bunker and store the supplies!!!
A real eye opener - could have been straight out of a Bond novel but with the chilling reality that it still amounted to war between Iran and those countries that oppose it. But for once a war that did not mean the deaths on many innocents.
It is refreshing to discover that there are brilliant code writers at work, but also that the AV community did not flinch at putting themselves in harms way to make sure that their customesrs stayed free from these attacks.
This book was recommended to me by a colleague who can be described as a computer buff. With my role as a technician in industrial control systems using many Siemens PLCS, the book was fascinating and I found the technical details were very well explained in a way that both technical and non technical people will find straightforward. The insight into government behaviour is frightening but probably only serves to confirm what many would already suspect. This truly is a book that is worthy of purchase and you won't be disappointed.
This is an excellent read I'm half way through. Brilliantly researched and written. When fact is stranger than fiction. .It has the feel and look of a top espionage/undercover suspense thriller, whilst in actual fact being the first documented real life cyber war attack.
This book reveals more about Stuxnet and cyber warfare capabilities than you probably want to know. It explains the complexities, the effects, the potential, as well as the legal and moral issues in relatively straight forward language. It is a real life thriller and deeply worrying. I hope that the right people are taking the threat of cyber attacks against energy and industrial infrastructure seriously.
One of the best books I've had the chance to read in the past few years. The book is like a cyberpunk spy novel which however chronicles real-world events that happened just 7 years ago, described in a way that non-experts can understand and with plenty of references. Most importantly it provides food for thought regarding the unleashing of the world's first documented cyber-weapon and why it is so important to have a public discussion on their use.
As a side-note, I felt that the documentary by Alex Gibney "Zero Days" has a lot of similarities with the book.