The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage

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Reveals the history of espionage and its use of and dependency on technology, beginning with the Second World War and continuing through the Cold War and into the present Internet age where hackers and surveillance are commonplace.
The intertwining forces of computers and espionage are reshaping the entire world: what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now affects us all. BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera's narrative takes us through the Cold War and the birth of the Internet to the present era of hackers and surveillance. The book is rich with historical detail and characters, as well as astonishing revelations about espionage carried out in recent times by the UK, US, and China. Using unique access to the National Security Agency, GCHQ, Chinese officials, and senior executives from some of the most powerful global technology companies, Corera has gathered compelling stories from heads of state, hackers, and spies of all stripes into a groundbreaking exploration of the new space in which the worlds of espionage, diplomacy, international business, science, and technology collide.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781681771540
Branch Call Number: 327.12 CORERA
Characteristics: xi, 431 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 22, 2017

Big, well-written sweep of history that takes you from early code-breaking (Enigma, Bletchley, etc.) all the way through to today's cyber spying (NSA, M16, China, Russia, corporations, and yes, teen-aged hackers.) There's a focus on the committed marriage between the U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies, however much the big-budget Americans clumsily tread on their more reserved colleagues. Also several case histories of famous hacks and the impact of 9/11. The author leaves you pondering on where we go from here in trying to have a truly open, truly safe Internet. "Walled gardens," anyone?

Feb 25, 2017

Great primer on today's headlines.
Took the historical big picture from code-breaking, corporate espionage, cyberweapon, cyberwar, Snowden to encryption passed from government to corporation flogging to anybody.


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