This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends

by Nicole Perlroth

Business and Management

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends Synopsis


Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break in and scamper through the world's computer networks invisibly until discovered. One of the most coveted tools in a spy's arsenal, a zero day has the power to tap into any iPhone, dismantle safety controls at a chemical plant and shut down the power in an entire nation - just ask the Ukraine.

Zero days are the blood diamonds of the security trade, pursued by nation states, defense contractors, cybercriminals, and security defenders alike. In this market, governments aren't regulators; they are clients - paying huge sums to hackers willing to turn over gaps in the Internet, and stay silent about them.

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth's discovery, unpacked. A intrepid journalist unravels an opaque, code-driven market from the outside in - encountering spies, hackers, arms dealers, mercenaries and a few unsung heroes along the way. As the stakes get higher and higher in the rush to push the world's critical infrastructure online, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is the urgent and alarming discovery of one of the world's most extreme threats.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781526629852
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Nicole Perlroth
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Primary Genre Business and Management
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Nicole Perlroth Press Reviews

An intricately detailed, deeply sourced and reported history of the origins and growth of the [cyberweapons] market and the global cyberweapons arms race it has sparked . . . This is no bloodless, just-the-facts chronicle. Written in the hot, propulsive prose of a spy thriller, Perlroth's book sets out from the start to scare us out of our complacency . . . Perlroth comes at the reader hard, like an angry Cassandra who has spent the last seven years of her life unmasking the signs of our impending doom - only to be ignored again and again . . . A strong, data-driven case for action -- Jonathan Tepperman - New York Times

Perlroth is a longtime cybersecurity reporter for the New York Times, and her book makes a kind of Hollywood entrance . . . Perlroth's storytelling is part John le Carre and more parts Michael Crichton - 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' meets 'The Andromeda Strain'. Because she's writing about a boys' club, there's also a lot of 'Fight Club' in this book . . . And, because she tells the story of the zero-day market through the story of her investigation, it's got a Frances McDormand 'Fargo' quality, too . . . Spellbinding -- Jill Lepore - New Yorker

When the weaknesses of a system can be bought and sold, the results can be calamitous, as This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends shows . . . Engaging and troubling . . . This secretive market is difficult to penetrate, but Perlroth has dug deeper than most and chronicles her efforts wittily - Economist

A terrifying expose of the black market in software bugs . . . Perlroth's insider accounts provide texture and context that was often missing from news coverage at the time. Storytelling skills honed in her work as a New York Times reporter specialising in cybersecurity make them scarier, particularly because of the collateral damage . . . Yet the thrust of her commendably thorough and determined research is not the damage done, but the market in mayhem that underpins it . . . Perlroth does an admirable job in stripping away the jargon - The Times

A stemwinder of a tale of how frightening cyber weapons have been turned on their maker, and the implications for the world when everyone and anyone can now decimate everyone else with a click of a mouse . . . Perlroth takes a complex subject that has been cloaked in opaque techspeak and makes it dead real for the rest of us. You will not look at your mobile phone, your search engine, even your networked thermostat the same way again -- Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode and New York Times opinion writer

Nicole Perlroth has written a dazzling and revelatory history of the darkest corner of the internet, where hackers and governments secretly trade the tools of the next war . . . This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is a rollicking fun trip, front to back, and an urgent call for action before our wired world spins out of our control. I've covered cybersecurity for a decade and yet paragraph after paragraph I kept wondering: 'How did she manage to figurethat* out? How is she so good?' -- Garrett M. Graff, author of 'The Only Plane in the Sky'

The definitive history of cyberwarfare. Nicole Perlroth connects the dots and the behind the scenes action of every serious intrusion, cyberattack and cyberespionage revelation in the last decade -- Clint Watts, author of 'Messing With The Enemy'

A must-read tale of cloak-and-dagger mercenary hackers, digital weapons of mass destruction and clandestine, ne'er-do-well government agencies -- Lawrence Ingrassia, author of 'Billion Dollar Brand Club'

Usually, books like this are praised by saying that they read like a screenplay or a novel. Nicole Perlroth's is better: her sensitivity to both technical issues and human behavior give this book an authenticity that makes its message - that cybersecurity issues threaten our privacy, our economy, and maybe our lives - even scarier -- Steven Levy, author of 'Hackers and Facebook'

An essential cautionary tale [that] exposes the motivations and misgivings of the people helping governments hack into our devices. After Perlroth's incisive investigation, there's no excuse for ignoring the costs of the cyber arms race -- Sarah Frier, Bloomberg, author of 'No Filter'

Wonderfully readable . . . A rip-roaring story of hackers and bug-sellers and spies -- Steven M. Bellovin, Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

Nicole Perlroth does what few other authors on the cyber beat can: she tells a highly technical, gripping story . . . A page-turner -- Nina Jankowicz, author of 'How to Lose the Information War'

A whirlwind global tour that introduces us to the crazy characters and bizarre stories behind the struggle to control the internet. It would be unbelievable if it wasn't all so very true -- Alex Stamos, Director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and former head of security for Facebook and Yahoo -

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