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Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  27 reviews
A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, tracking an elite group of Russian hackers and the future of global warfare

In 2014, the world witnessed the start of an escalating series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes became ever more brazen, eventually leading to the first-ever blackouts triggered
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Doubleday
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Onceinabluemoon
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for my husband, I had no intentions of reading it, but we were on a road trip and I put on the audio. I love books that expose me to new things that I turn out to be open to, this cyber world was shocking to me, I had no idea that such warfare was underway for such a long protracted time and the devastating consequences involved. There is no question in my mind our elections were interfered with upon after hearing the myriad of experiences in this dark world. To be honest, I ...more
Kressel Housman
Too technical for me, but a very important topic. I hope I'll get back to it someday. It seems to me that if they want to reach a non-tech crowd like me, the Dune series discovery angle could be very interesting.
Renee
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, work
Fantastic read. This was like a history of hacking for me, and I was in awe of all the events I had never heard of because the news is so focused on the president’s latest tweets. I feel I have a foundational understanding finally of the politics of Ukraine and Russia and the major codenames for hackers and malware. It is written well and keeps your attention. I started taking notes halfway through because I know I will come back to them as this landscape develops. This is another book I really ...more
Ryan Lackey
One of the best books about modern infosecurity threats -- a detailed investigation into the activities of GRU in attacking infrastructure around the world (primarily in Ukraine), their motivations, and where the threat is evolving.
Jessica Scott
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. Absolutely outstanding reporting e,bedded in historical context about Russia’s hacking capabilities, what it’s doing in Ukraine and how it impacts all of us.

It should be required reading for all cyber security, military, industry, and government officials. Everyone should read this book.
Csimplot Simplot
Excellent book!!!
Collin Lysford
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a common statement in cybersecurity that you can almost never really attribute a given attack to a given actor. But Sandworm does its best to assemble the massive preponderance of what evidence we do have of who's behind some of the highest profile attacks of the decade. When you combine that with concrete evidence that cyberwar can hop effortlessly into the realm of the real, this is an extremely timely guide into what everyone really needs to know about the new age of digital threat ...more
Filip Olšovský
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although the beginning is often unreasonably epic and the ending is just 20-30 pages too long, all the stuff in between is just brilliant. Probably the best book on this topic and a clear example of how reporting should look like.
Val
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was much more, and much better, than I expected, and I had high hopes when I started it. It tells the story of the elite Russian cyber attack team “Sandworm” as a central feature, but the book focuses even more on the first part of the title, “A New Era of Cyberwar,” giving a detailed but not overly-technical account of Cyberwar and the most devastating attacks made since network connected computing began. I have some training and experience in this field but I learned new things about ...more
Don Lundman
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The counterpart to malware is what some people, mainly techies, call “scareware”—articles written in the popular press about threats to our digital way of life. This book is certainly an example. Nonetheless, it is very sobering. You should read it. The hazards it describes are real and must be addressed before we go too much farther down the path toward connecting our doorbells and refrigerators and driverless cars to the Internet of Things. Not to mention connecting our ATMs and grocery stores ...more
Mark
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author is an investigative journalist for Wired and this is a frightening history of recent hacking attacks on civilian infrastructure, mostly in Ukraine but also worldwide in at least one case, and mostly coming from the GRU in Russia. The absence of any substantive response from our government and marginal interest in the media have left a knowledge gap that the author deftly fills for us. The story builds like a mystery novel as the author interviews experts all over the world and even ...more
Wayne
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well researched, well written look into some of the most high profile cyber attacks in the last 10 years. Most of these attacks have an underlying thread connecting them. Russia. They've been honing their cyberwar tactics in their wars with Georgia, Estonia, and Ukraine. Their attacks have been getting more brazen and reckless since the international community seems unwilling to draw a red line and hold Russia to account, even after NotPetya caused more than $10 billion dollars in damage to ...more
Chris Hansen
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hacking industrial systems with Ukraine as Ground Zero

A factual accounting, told line a novel, of the hacking group “Sandworm” and its Associates in Russian State-Sponsored cyber warfare. Interesting the investigation of events and the “warriors” on defense. You don’t need to be technical to understand the flow. I recommend for anyone interested in IoT and how being globally linked makes us more vulnerable, not less. The meek really will inherit the earth - because they will be in an analog age
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Michelle
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Loved it! I have a love of the tech world and hacking is at the top of my interests. It's so fascinating what you can do with a computer and how much of an impact you can make with it. This includes hacking. The book reads like a thriller and it kept me engaged to the point where I couldn't put it down. One thing I pulled from it though is DON'T USE WINDOWS! Seriously though, Windows OS is junk and it's the core reason hackers penetrated literally everything. Macs aren't immune but it's a hell ...more
Goldman
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think the entire internet ought to be destroyed and rebuild. Same goes for all secret intelligence agencies worldwide, and all political structures. It is clear none of it works and that combined they pose an imminent threat to the survival of the human race: environmentally, socially, and psychologically. The problems are too deep-rooted to be 'patched', this is becoming abundantly more clear as the future is closing in faster and faster on the oblivious present.
Ietrio
Oct 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
Their evil wizards are killing our cows. And our god is good, is all powerful, is all merciful. So we have wronged our god and he allows them to kill our cows. And the solution is easy: sacrifice some of them to our god as repentance so our god will forgive them and start protecting us mindless servants.
Will Crocker
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating view on the present and future of Warfare

Incredibly well written and enjoyable read. The scope of what Andy uncovers in Sandworm is both thrilling and terrifying. I'll definitely think about this during the next NYC blackout. Best read of the year for me by far.
Joheiv
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally fantastic.
Antwerpenr
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic - required reading.
James Sesnak
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A real eye opener. Completely dispels the political myth of who really interfered in the 2016 US elections. Also, consider a backup generator for your home.
Holly Dolezalek
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is excellent. It's a good story, a clear explanation, and an urgent call to action, all without ever dragging or getting muddled.
Neil McGee
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good, well researched.

Really enjoyed.
James
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it but probably have to read it again to understand the finer points.
Roxanne
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on a very important subject.
Reed Galen
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book.
Dоcтоr
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: waiting-reading
Superb!
Kay Stevens
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Dec 05, 2019
Peter Guerrero
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James Voorhees
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Nov 22, 2019
Patrick
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Andy Greenberg is an award-winning senior writer for WIRED, covering security, privacy, information freedom, and hacker culture. He's the author of the forthcoming book SANDWORM: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers. Greenberg's reporting for WIRED on Ukraine's cyberwar (including an excerpt from SANDWORM) have won a Gerald Loeb Award for International ...more