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With a skilful blend of anecdote and argument, leading cybersecurity thinker Alexander Klimburg brings us face to face with threats that the struggle for cyberspace present, from an apocalyptic scenario of debilitated civilian infrastructure to a 1984-like authoritarian erosion of privacy and freedom of expression. Authoritative, thought-provoking, and compellingly argued, The Darkening Web reveals the menacing possibilities of a twenty-first century dominated by information warfare, and explains how the original promise of the Internet as a means for advancing freedoms can be regained.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Library Journal ReviewKlimburg (program director, Hague Ctr. for Strategic Studies) lays out in detail the perils posed by our growing dependence upon the Internet and warns how much more dangerous the situation may become. Starting with an explanation of how cyberspace works-from the hardware to the layers of software to the social interactions of users-he describes many points of system vulnerability. Klimburg recounts the history of attacks in which hackers have disabled portions of infrastructure, compromised data security, and influenced social and political behavior. Moreover, he indicates that the events known to the public represent only a fraction of the number of actual occurrences. The author asserts that cyberwarfare may be the greatest threat to democracy around the world and that the United States is being outperformed in both offensive and defensive activities by rivals Russia and China. In short, this is a very frightening book. Although parts of this title can be heavy going, reading it is well worth the effort. VERDICT Recommended for anyone interested in international affairs.-Harold D. Shane, Mathematics Emeritus, Baruch Coll. Lib., CUNY © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly ReviewThe complex art of cyberwarfare and its global arena get a thorough examination by Klimburg, a cybersecurity expert at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. After an accessible explanation of the origins and underpinnings of the internet, Klimburg segues to an in-depth discussion of the major players in cyberwarfare-primarily the United States, Russia, and China-and then discusses his vision and fears for the future, depicting a chilling portrait of the interdependency of the cyberspace and its emergence as a domain for political conflict. Once Klimburg moves into policy and theory, his arguments get a little more abstract and may fly over the heads of those less grounded in the matter; he admits as much with a nod to the "virtual cyber veil of esoteric detail and complexity that has traditionally made this topic difficult even for experienced policy makers to grasp." The book serves as an excellent primer on cyberwarfare, especially useful in the context of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as accusations of Russian interference continue to make headlines. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsAlexander Klimburg is a program director at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and an associate and former fellow at the Belfer Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. He has acted as an advisor to a number of governments and international organizations on cybersecurity strategy and internet governance, and has participated in various national, international, NATO and EU policy groups. He splits his time between Boston, Vienna and The Hague.
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