Book Review – The Perfect Weapon by David E Sanger


Book Title: The Perfect Weapon
Author: David E Sanger

Book Title:
The title of the book ‘The Perfect Weapon’ is dynamic and informative. The subtitle says it all.

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is a snapshot of an encrypted computerized message depicting the cyber world.

My review:
Author David E. Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times and author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal, provides an insightful perspective chronicling the contemporary history of state-sponsored cyberspace operations in The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. The book basically highlights the cyber world and the attached dangers, challenges, threats and chances of misuse with a trace of political. With a great amount of information, the book is definitely a must-read.

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Some incidents and events like how suspected Russian hackers broke into the Democratic National Committee, the White House, the Department of State, etc, by installing certain cyber tools in some of the most secret and sensitive networks. The hackers found access to disturb the power and energy department across the USA.

Several incidents that the USA is involved in and also became prey to the cyber crimes are explained coherently in the book. One of the most interesting incidents that caught my attention is how earlier the United States used Operation Olympic Games to destroy centrifuges for nuclear reactors in Iran. In some places, it was very hard to come to a conclusion if the taken step is acceptable or not.

Author Sanger describes how the advent of cyber capabilities has caused a paradigmatic shift in the international security environment. He also stresses the cost because they are cheap, relatively easy to acquire, and extremely effective. The book may appeal to all those readers who are most interested in world cyber crimes, cyber weapons, and strategic political sequences.

My Final Verdict: 3/5

(Reviewed by Swapna Peri)

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The book review was first published in Storizen Magazine January 2020 Issue