Countdown to Zero Day

Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

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Author: Kim Zetter

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0770436188

Category: History

Page: 448

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Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare—one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb. In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery—apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them. Then, five months later, a seemingly unrelated event occurred: A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly. At first, the firm’s programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple, routine piece of malware. But as they and other experts around the world investigated, they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity. They had, they soon learned, stumbled upon the world’s first digital weapon. For Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm built before: Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual, physical destruction on a nuclear facility. In these pages, Wired journalist Kim Zetter draws on her extensive sources and expertise to tell the story behind Stuxnet’s planning, execution, and discovery, covering its genesis in the corridors of Bush’s White House and its unleashing on systems in Iran—and telling the spectacular, unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a sabotage campaign years in the making. But Countdown to Zero Day ranges far beyond Stuxnet itself. Here, Zetter shows us how digital warfare developed in the US. She takes us inside today’s flourishing zero-day “grey markets,” in which intelligence agencies and militaries pay huge sums for the malicious code they need to carry out infiltrations and attacks. She reveals just how vulnerable many of our own critical systems are to Stuxnet-like strikes, from nation-state adversaries and anonymous hackers alike—and shows us just what might happen should our infrastructure be targeted by such an attack. Propelled by Zetter’s unique knowledge and access, and filled with eye-opening explanations of the technologies involved, Countdown to Zero Day is a comprehensive and prescient portrait of a world at the edge of a new kind of war.

Zero-Day Exploit:

Countdown to Darkness

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Author: Rob Shein

Publisher: Syngress

ISBN: 9780080543925

Category: Computers

Page: 412

View: 6743

The realistic portrayals of researching, developing, and ultimately defending the Internet from a malicious "Zero-Day" attack will appeal to every corner of the IT community. Although finctional, the numerous accounts of real events and references to real people will ring true with every member of the security community. This book will also satisfy those not on the "inside" of this community, who are fascinated by the real tactics and motives of criminal, malicous hackers and those who defent the Internet from them. * The realistic portrayals of researching, developing, and ultimately defending the Internet from a malicious "Zero-Day" attack will appeal to every corner of the IT community. * This book will entertain, educate, and enlighten the security and IT community about the world of elite security professionals who safeguard the Internet from the most dangerous cyber criminals and terrorists. * Although finctional, the numerous accounts of real events and references to real people will ring true with every member of the security community.

Listening in

Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age

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Author: Susan Landau

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300227442

Category: Computers

Page: 240

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A cybersecurity expert and former Google privacy analyst's urgent call to protect devices and networks against malicious hackers and misinformed policymakers New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country's electricity--and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election. And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting read, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age.

The Cybersecurity Dilemma

Hacking, Trust and Fear Between Nations

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Author: Ben Buchanan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190694696

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 9181

Why do nations break into one another's most important computer networks? There is an obvious answer: to steal valuable information or to attack. But this isn't the full story. This book draws on often-overlooked documents leaked by Edward Snowden, real-world case studies of cyber operations, and policymaker perspectives to show that intruding into other countries' networks has enormous defensive value as well. Two nations, neither of which seeks to harm the other but neither of which trusts the other, will often find it prudent to launch intrusions. This general problem, in which a nation's means of securing itself threatens the security of others and risks escalating tension, is a bedrock concept in international relations and is called the 'security dilemma'. This book shows not only that the security dilemma applies to cyber operations, but also that the particular characteristics of the digital domain mean that the effects are deeply pronounced. The cybersecurity dilemma is both a vital concern of modern statecraft and a means of accessibly understanding the essential components of cyber operations.

Cyber Blackout

When the Lights Go Out -- Nation at Risk

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Author: John A. Adams, Jr.

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460259807

Category: Computers

Page: 232

View: 2296

With over 140 countries fielding nation-state and rouge malious cyber hacking capabilities, it is critical that we are aware of threats and vulnerabilities. Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency warned Congress regarding cyber attacks, "It's only a matter of the 'when, ' not the 'if, ' that we are going to see something dramatic." Cyber Blackout is a warning. It is a chronicle of the cyber threats of which we find ourselves at risk every day. Our power supply is vulnerable. Our food supply. Even the basics of communication. Every facet of our national security is vulnerable to cyber threats, and we are not prepared to defend them all. Cyber Blackout explains how these threats have been building since the Cold War, how they affect us now, and how they are changing the concepts of war and peace as we know them. It is essential knowledge for anyone wishing to understand safety and security in the age of the fifth domain....

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Changing the Rules

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Author: Jeremy Wells,Emily Wells

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490743677

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

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What would you do to bring hope to your dying son or daughter afflicted with leukemia? Would you permit your son or daughter to experience life while facing their expected death? Emily was twelve when diagnosed with leukemia. She met seventeen year old Jeremy who would become her anchor to give her strength when she was weak; to give her hope when she felt all was lost; and to give her unqualified love and support to hold onto when she was lost, frightened or simply unable to do for herself. Emily wanted to experience life before she faced her own death. Emilys mother reluctantly allowed her to secretly marry Jeremy before God and in her presence since underage marriage was forbidden by society. Emilys story was told in the book titled Emily. Emily brought hope to young cancer patients who simply want to experience life before facing their probable death. This book chronicles Emily and Jeremys fight to change the rules and allow qualifying sick children to marry and experience life before facing death. Emily states, Is that really so much to ask? Child Welfare says, Yes it is. Underage girls can marry if they are pregnant, but underage sick and dying children should never be permitted to marry unless the cancer patient gets pregnant. See who prevails in this battle to bring life and dignity to young cancer patients who just want to live, even if living is but a moment in time.

Hacking Exposed Industrial Control Systems: ICS and SCADA Security Secrets & Solutions

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Author: Clint Bodungen,Bryan Singer,Aaron Shbeeb,Kyle Wilhoit,Stephen Hilt

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 1259589722

Category: Computers

Page: 544

View: 5100

Learn to defend crucial ICS/SCADA infrastructure from devastating attacks the tried-and-true Hacking Exposed way This practical guide reveals the powerful weapons and devious methods cyber-terrorists use to compromise the devices, applications, and systems vital to oil and gas pipelines, electrical grids, and nuclear refineries. Written in the battle-tested Hacking Exposed style, the book arms you with the skills and tools necessary to defend against attacks that are debilitating—and potentially deadly. Hacking Exposed Industrial Control Systems: ICS and SCADA Security Secrets & Solutions explains vulnerabilities and attack vectors specific to ICS/SCADA protocols, applications, hardware, servers, and workstations. You will learn how hackers and malware, such as the infamous Stuxnet worm, can exploit them and disrupt critical processes, compromise safety, and bring production to a halt. The authors fully explain defense strategies and offer ready-to-deploy countermeasures. Each chapter features a real-world case study as well as notes, tips, and cautions. Features examples, code samples, and screenshots of ICS/SCADA-specific attacks Offers step-by-step vulnerability assessment and penetration test instruction Written by a team of ICS/SCADA security experts and edited by Hacking Exposed veteran Joel Scambray

Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents with Cancer

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Author: N.A

Publisher: W B Saunders Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 717

View: 1458

APON's definitive work on the supportive care of children and adolescents with cancer provides an up-to-date, chapter-by-chapter assessment of common and rare diseases and their treatments. Important information on adolescents is now interspersed throughout the new edition, highlighting crucial differences in the care provided to this special population. New case studies with portraits of the patient have been included in each disease chapter to keep the focus on personalized care of the child. This new edition also includes Internet resources, a research mega-table listing three decades-worth of nursing studies in pediatric onology, completely updated pharmacology tables, and new chapters on Surgery, Oncological Emergencies, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Home Care, Palliative Care, Research, and Ethical Issues