Book Review of Countdown to Zero Day
Countdown to Zero Day
Kim Zetter is a journalist with Wired, who has written the story of Stuxnet, the cyberweapon used to destroy centrifuges in an Iranian uranium enrichment plant. To add insult to injury, stuxnet was found in other computers in Iran, breaking a group of computers unrelated to the sentrifuges. Stuxnet has an interesting history, going back several years before its first known uses. Zetter is a talented researcher and her book is a riveting piece of work.
Stuxnet was no normal computer virus. Common viruses steal information, erase files, or help set up hidden bitcoin miners, but Stuxnet was incredibly complex and capable of attacking hardware devices. It is precisely the tool to use for destroying things too difficult to hit with bombs.
Countdown to Zero Day is more than a book about Stuxnet. It is an exploration of how state power can support warfare in the digital domain - in actions against an adversary ranging from data collection to sabotage and beyond.
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