Summary

Anyone who logs on to the Internet can become a victim of virtual terrorism, whether via e-mail, social media, a Google search, or simply by logging on to a computer. Anyone seeking to do harm to others online can be a virtual terrorist, and it is incredibly easy to become one. That is the era we live in now -- someone sitting behind a laptop half a world away can interfere with, invade, or take over your life, business, or government. You may not even realize it, but you may already have become a victim; if you have not, you will become one eventually.
In this extremely timely, important, and compelling book, Daniel Wagner redefines what terrorism has become in the 21st century. Unlike more conventional types of terrorism, in which the perpetrator seeks recognition and reveals his or her identity, with virtual terrorism the identity of the person, group, or government responsible for acts of terror is deliberately hidden in an anonymous, borderless, and lawless world.
Their motives and objectives may be unclear, and the length of an attack, or whether it will be repeated, are generally unknown. What virtual terrorists have in common with more traditional terrorists is the use of coercion or intimidation to achieve their objectives - if they choose to reveal what those objectives are - but that is where the commonality ends. They can strike at any time, invisibly and silently. You may never know they are even there, and they may plant malware on your computer that steals your information for years without being discovered.
Wagner takes us on a comprehensive tour of the virtual terrorism landscape - from cybercrime and bioterrorism to drones and artificial intelligence - to reveal the chilling reality that confronts us all. After reading this book, you may not ever want to log on to your smartphone or the Internet again.
©2017 Daniel Wagner (P)2017 Daniel Wagner
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4 out of 5 stars
By Striker on 07-05-18

Great Information, But A Lot To Absorb

I thought this was a very informative book with a lot of very interesting information. Though I appreciated it, it was a little on the long side for those who don't like such lengthy listens. Also, while I can't really think of a way to avoid it considering the type of information being presented, I thought the book took on almost an alarmist tone about the possibilities of cybercrime and warfare (though not unfairly so).

I would like to see some kind of abridged version for those who want to get the information without the enormous time commitment.

The narrator did a good job with the book, especially considering its a non-fiction title.

In general terms, this was a great audiobook if you are willing to commit the time to listen all the way through.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kingsley on 02-01-18

Fear mongering or fair warning

It's hard to write about the dangers of technology without coming across as a wowser, an anti-technology fear monger. It's hard to find that balance between acknowledging all the good technology does and can do, while giving a realistic view of the dangers. This is made even harder when the dangers are something that is so underappreciated like cyber security. Maybe this book is too much on the fear-mongering side, or maybe it is just right: to put a little fear in us to take things a little more seriously.

As I write this, less than a day ago $79 million in Bitcoin was stolen. And there was recently (yet another) fappening release. Plus the "did Russia steal an election" discussions. And Prism. And the Sony hacks. And this, and that.... there is no end of horror stories with hacking and cyber warfare problems. It is something that needs to be taken seriously

Daniel Wagner has put together a detailed, well researched book that looks at many of the current dangers, the uses by Governments and non-government entities for espionage, and the many ways that people, companies and Governments can reduce their risks. The book is full of real examples, and statistics relating to the topic. While much of the book is focused on what others are doing against the US, it does not shy away from talking about how the US Government also engages in these practices. It’s just that the exact details and examples are a little more sparse. And as this book point out, that probably doesn’t mean the US does it less, they are just a little better at hiding it.

It's an eye opening book but it also gives great, practical advice for reducing risk. The problem may be that those who most need to read this may be those least likely to.

Narration by John Gully was great. Well-paced and clear. He engaged with the topic and was able to keep even the dryer parts interesting. Another enjoyable listen from him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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