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

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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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Doubleday
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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
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 Russias hacking capabilities, what its 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.
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.
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.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work, history
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 presidents 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
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 old ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While reading Sandworm, One is tempted to recall the dialog of Slim Pickens in Kubricks movie Doctor Strangelove - Nuclear Combat, toe to toe with the Russkies! Or when he rides a bomb down to the end of the world.

Andy Greenbergs new book is about cyber war and focuses on the Russian teams, linked to the GRU organization, that were behind the cyber attacks on Ukraine and other countries, including the US since 2016 (and before). The title comes with a reference to Frank Herberts Dune stories for
Snorre Lothar von Gohren Edwin
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
It was an interesting story on a specific hacker group with good stories around for context. It gives you an insight to Russia, Ukraine and all their troubles as well.

I got this tip from: and the stories revolving NotPetya in that podcast, together with this book, gave alot of insight!
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Just listen to the Darknet diaries podcast episode NotPetya, it's better than the book.
TJ Wilson
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book kind of blew my mind in terms of the world that I did not know. A new frontier is out there, and no one is sure if we are handling it in the right way.

I found the writing a bit awkward at times, but the reporting is very solid. So much groundwork here.
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.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, science
My expectations for this book were fairly low; Wired isn't a place I look to for quality writing. But I was pleasantly surprised. The story is quite interesting, and, not having followed big hacker news stories too closely, I learned a lot. Greenberg ties it all together nicely (if perhaps with more certainty in his attribution than he should have). Greenberg talks about Ukraine almost as much as computer hacking. Most of the perspective is fairly one-sided; he only interviews a few people and ...more
Csimplot Simplot
Excellent book!!!
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sandworm tells the story of the Kremlin hackers behind the worst computer crimes ever, from the *NotPetya* worm (which took many different corporations offline, including Maersk and many US hospitals) to the South Korean Olympics to our own 2016 elections. Greenberg traces it all back to *Sandworm*, one of the original worms.

Ukraine is used as a test bed for Russian cyber aggression and the lessons we should learn (although I don't think we have) if (when?) they attack us. It is pretty crazy how
Scott Martin
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Audiobook) As we become more and more dependent on computers and all other aspects of cyber, the dangers from hacking groups and cyber warriors will only increase. Additionally, future wars and conflicts will be fought in the cyber realm as much as on land, sea, air and space. This work, written by a writer who focuses on cyber/computer issues, covers the exploits and actions of one the more infamous group of hackers. Originating in Russia, Sandworm evolved over time from crime to a ...more
Mark Maddrey
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It is a rare feat to write a non-fiction book that manages to be both factually informative and absolutely compelling to read. This book is one that does. It could not be more timely or important given the current need to mis-direct attention with spurious charges of meddling BY Ukrainian actors when the truth is ENTIRELY the opposite. They have been and will continue to be the targets of Russian interference. And, of course, so are we. I love the way Mr. Greenberg includes enough of the ...more
Ann Cox
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! It paints a frightening picture of what we can probably expect in the way of cyberwar, and explains the war between Russia and the Ukraine, meddling in past elections and the USs policy (or lack of) on Russias hacking. All of the many acronyms can be annoying to remember, so I kept notes on each one and other names and topics that I am sure I will want to go back to again. Everyone should read this! ...more
Jane Cordingley
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Facinating, and what a time to read it - right as they are talking that a response from Iran might be cyber. Recommend for anyone interested in what future reactions to attacks on a government might entail - or even internal hacker attacks.
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
Thor Nordahl
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good book, although I got a little sick of the narrative structure.

Also I'm either going off the grid or installing ultra-secure custom made software on all my devices after reading this..
James Davis
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Real Existential Threat

A well researched book on cyber-warfare that reads like a fast paced spy thriller. I only wish it was fiction! Great reporting on an important topic.
Neil McGee
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good, well researched.

Really enjoyed.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on a very important subject.
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
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: waiting-reading
Michael Perkins
if you don't have time to read the entire book, here are some of the salient incidents. (Hint: Russia is not our friend)

excerpt from the book....
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.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally fantastic.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic - required reading.
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
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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

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