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@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  107 reviews
A surprising, page-turning account of how the wars of the future are already being fought todayThe United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published November 6th 2014)
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Emma Sea
ok, the writing in this is not for me. It grated like a . . . look, here's an example:

On December 23, 2006, a decade after [three-star admiral Mike] McConnell had left public service, his secretary walked into his expansive corner office at Booz, twenty miles outside downtown Washington.
"The vice president's on the phone," she said.
"The vice president of what?" McConnell asked.
"The vice president of the United States."
McConnell jumped to his feet and grabbed the phone.

See? Absolutely nothing wro
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Bob H
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
@War is an important and comprehensive history of cyber warfare through the last decade, to the present day -- and what's apt to come next. It centers on the role the National Security Agency, notably its recent head, Gen. Keith Alexander, have played, but also shows NSA’s relationships with the military’s Cyber Command and with private industry as part of a larger war, to call it what it is. We learn that not only do the private-sector combatants include cyber-security and software companies bu ...more
Jarek
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is informative and based on solid research.

There is a lot of original information I haven't seen anything else. As for the facts which have been described in other sources, they match what this book says, which adds to its credibility. In terms of technology described, I didn't spot a single mistake nor oversimplification, which to me says the author really knows what he's writing about.

The only thing I disliked about this book was a bit chaotic narrative, frequently jumping back and fo
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Jason Cox
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2017-read
My Rating 4/5

This was a very interesting read. With the world embroiled in the drama of a new presidency and the recent election with accusations of Russian hackers influencing the election, this looked like a good topic to "read up" on. I plopped 3 books into my shopping cart (@War, CyberSpies, and Dark Territory) all of which were well reviewed and started with @War.

I'm going to keep this review pretty general: it was engaging and well written in an entertaining style. It primarily covers the
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Uwe Hook
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The history of the military internet complex took a giant leap forward as a result of the 9/11 attacks. This intelligence processing machine was then deployed to Iraq with astounding success in cyber warfare during the famous surge. Cell phones and communications of hundreds of enemy combatants were tapped which led to their arrests or demise. Back home, the NSA obtained unfettered access - some argue illegally - to personal online information in its effort to protect the U.S. economy and its ci ...more
Doichin Cholakov
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
In a way it is a funny book. It starts with a clear anti-militaristic, anti-corporate agenda, but then in following its subjects gets aligned with the views of every new interviewee anonymously attacking enemies or proudly sharing his contributions to building a more secure world. The author fights with a desperate sincerity to distinguish the good from the bad guys, but the fight is lost on every page of the book, making it the most emotionally incoherent read on espionage ever.
On the good side
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Farhana
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was the weekend's BEST reading ! :D Going through books of this kind , at first corporate espionage , then data aggregation & information selling business , then USA's surveillance & cyber warfare policy after 9/11 . I was remembering the lucrative tv series "Person of Interest" but in reality It's more of power , diplomacy , politics (cyber politics)& things are not so juicy always . NSA has been the oldest player in the game with its growing freak for more aggressive surveillance in the nam ...more
Maria
Harris discusses the successful uses of Internet hacking and spying by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan but then turns the tables and talks about the same processes being used against American citizens and American governments. Very eye openning for those who use their computers but probably very old hat for those that understand their computers and having been working in the industry.

Why I started this book: Downloaded it from the library.

Why I finished it: It's very easy to become paranoid
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
Covers the history of cyberwarfare from the Bush and Obama administrations. Whether daaling with mass espionage to cyberattacks on the Gas and electric grid to narcotics traffic on the web to terrorism. the last few years the threat picture has been moving faster than government has been able to respond. Bush and Obama and government bodies and corporate contracters are playing catch up to lone hackers and government cyber warfare departments in China. this world we are entering is harrowing and ...more
Haitham Youssef
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the Cyber war and it's complete history, with interesting details, recommended to anyone interested in the Cyber War.
Anna
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
We already live in a police state. Amazing how many "cool" guys willing to sell us out to the gub. NWO Gates is a given. But the Google guys, yahoo, AT&T, Qwest, Apple, Verizon and Facebook also on board. Just too tempting to stand over the servile masses I guess.

Everything is already monitored. I expect things just going to get worse. Current headline "New Obama Push for Internet Rules". It's ALL ABOUT CONTROL. Setting up the police state for when they foist the North American Union on us. Chr
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Matthew Wilson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. Eye opening, a little paranoid inducing, and well presented. Recommended if this is your sort of book.
David Diponzio
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting
Vikas Erraballi
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
insight into bureaucratic turf wars and contracting industry
Christopher
Six years ago I read the book Wired for War The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P.W. Singer Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P.W. Singer P.W. Singer, which changed my views on robotics in warfare, a new field of combat that was just being implemented in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time robotics was, and still is, changing the way America fights on the battlefield, America was beginning to grapple with a completely new battlefield: cyberspace. Much like Wired for War, this book has opened my eyes to the opportunit ...more
Jacob
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
@War suffers not only in its kitschy title, but in its wee-haw, all hail the Military Industrial/Internet Complex viewpoint. I read this book as tentative research for a project and early on it became clear that my only option to survive it was to slam through it as hard as I could, pick the squishy bits that are based on infrastructure and hints at the internal workings of the still growing giant and pretty much let everything else fall by the wayside.

The book is light. It doesn’t care about th
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Andrewh
This book is a journalistic account of the rise of what the author calls, not without reason, the 'Military-Internet complex' in recent years. While some academics have denied the existence of any such thing as 'cyberwar' this book presents a fairly strong case that the US military, at least, believes it is already happening (depending on what you mean by 'war', of course). The book is written like a series of feature articles, rather than offering a coherent narrative, but that is perhaps under ...more
Alex Murphy
It’s fitting that I have just finished reading this as WikiLeaks have just released files saying that the CIA have hacked smart TVs. From the information in this book it probably wasn’t the CIA. Its most likely be the NSA.
Depending on which side you sit on, the actions of primarily the NSA in the field on cyberwarfare and security, will either make you want to close the NSA down or give them help to man the security of the internet.
The author highlights the new ‘battlespace’ of the internet, how
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Ed
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with some understanding of the internet.
Shelves: military-read
Having been involved in technology for most of my life, the title immediately caught my attention while browsing at the library. Most people are not aware that President Bush authorized the start of cyber warfare in Iraq to eliminate IED rings and with resulting great success. Since then Cyber war activity has increased world wide and we only see a few headlines here and there with most people having no idea what it means.

This book pulls back the curtain to show how we started from one guy propo
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Eric
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder at a negative star rating that would indicate in this case that I loved reading about it, but hated the fact that I felt I had to.

From a tiny bit of firsthand experience I wonder why we’ve never had an NSA director serve time for some violation of federal law; but wait, they were always acting at the President’s direction, right? OK, cast your vote – Eric Snowden – hero, or villain – I still equivocate.

I suspect I am not the only person who wonders at the motivation behind so much of go
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Iain
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex is a book that confirms a lot of fears about cyberspace and government's desire to control it. It also reveals how the internet is not only a great equalizer among netizens but also amongst rival nation states around the world. American military supremacy around the globe has no serious rivals, as much as China, Russia, Iran, North Korea wish to spend on weapons and jingoistic rhetoric they offer no competent challenge to the United Staes. However ...more
Larry
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an information packed book – not a flowing masterpiece of literature. It covers both the ‘original’ espionage hacking campaigns against vulnerable government contractors (versus the government itself) as well as the cyber warfare of the National Reconnaissance Office (more secret then the NSA or CIA).

US hackers can be used as both offensive and defensive weapons. In addition to setting viruses and spyware in enemy computer networks and websites, a cell phone can be found, even if it was
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Mark
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, mondo-spybot
This for me is everything the Cheryl Chumley book I just swallowed isn't. It isn't so much a long treatise of the abuses and rampant trampling of the 4th and 5th amendments the Spybot Administration has engendered and birthed, so much as it is a very technically intelligent perception and explanation of the tools which the NSA is using both in the "spybot mode" and the actual cyberwar between nations, which they were embarrassed to discover, they were not quite as akamai about as they had let on ...more
Brandon
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author tells the story of the major events, people, government agencies, and companies that have played a part in the history of Cyber Warfare. The book seems to be targeted at the general public: I think that even if you don't have a background in computing or security, you should understand everything. I was left wanting a better wrap up in the final chapter, but overall this is an interesting read.
Gregory Korbut
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Howdy
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is well-reported and written in a workmanlike manner, which is a shame—the book could have been great. Harris does a good job of showing the rise of cyber warfare within the Defense Department; the threat to industry, particularly the energy sector; the recent rise of private cyber security consulting firms; and the lack of preparedness inside the civilian portion of the Federal government, which ironically holds personal information of greater importance to most citizens. However, he ...more
Ben
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
There's some interesting facts in here, but boy is this thing a structural mess. Facts get repeated numerous times (did you know the private sector pays more than the public one for hackers?) Chapters also start out with a sense of coherence and then tend to end with the same points repeated elsewhere (Chinese hackers bad, American companies maybe should be allowed to hack back). The result is a book that really epitomizes the sense of "better as a magazine article," because so much of what's he ...more
Shana Yates
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, fast-paced, and more than a little scary. A nice compliment to a number of other books that cover cyber issues and where they intersect with terrorism, war, and crime (see also Ted Koppel's Lights Out, Gordon Corera's CyberSpies, Marc Goodman's Future Crimes, among others). This book acts as a very tightly written and incisive overview of the US government's cyber efforts, both military and intelligence based. I'd love to see an updated version encompassing some of the recent happen ...more
Pete Combe
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this book two separate ratings.

One the one hand, the factual basis and research are top notch. This makes the book a must read for anyone who is interested in cyberspace, government surveillance, and cyber security.

On the other hand, the author can't help but inject his personal feelings and biases, and it shows in his reasoning and conclusions. I understand that "bad guys," and conflict sell books. However, the authors would have it both ways with the NSA: a huge, malevolent
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Brent McGregor
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
@War is an indispensable book covering the background to present of the CyberWar environment and who the bad players are.
There are more detailed books out there, but this one is more conversational and flows like a novel.
No doubt that the bad guys will be reading this. It does cover many of the most successful campaigns on terror over the last 20 years.
The stunning realization I came away with is that there is no brinkmanship. Battlefields of old gave everyone a lot of room to reconsider and re-
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