This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends

Nicole Perlroth

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends



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This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends by Nicole Perlroth is the fruit of more than three hundred interviews with people involved at various levels in the clandestine industry of cyber weapons. As much as hackers, governments, sellers and buyers, would do everything to avoid having any kind of written proof of their existence, their job is to investigate potential cyber attacks that could tip the balance of power at both a national and international level. The book is the result of years of investigation into attacks on the national security of countries around the world, highlighting the urgent need for "someone to do something" to regulate the cyber arms race and avoid worldwide catastrophe - which is just one click away.

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Analysis and key concepts


Knowledge is power, if you know how to use it: the value of the zero-day


The first (and second) rule of the zero-day market is “nobody talks about the zero-day market”


The progress made by cyber security is mostly thanks to hackers


The internet has been in use for a relatively short time, but spies have always found a way to complete their missions


The presence of spy software on the market says much more about the intentions of a country than the speeches made by its leaders


A hacker isn’t necessarily a criminal: hacking is an attitude, which can be either positive or negative


Although Cyber attacks belong to the digital world, they are still considered de facto attacks


The boomerang effect of cyber weapons is drastically underestimated everywhere


The consequences of Trump’s ‘no filter’ style have also been felt at a cyber level




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Better understand the cyber security situation around the world.
  • Discover the international dynamics behind cyber-attacks.
  • Learn to navigate the massive flow of news and information on cyber weapons.

Nicole Perlroth is an award-winning cyber security journalist for the New York Times, where her work has been optioned for both film and television. She has covered Russian hacker attacks on nuclear plants, airports, elections, and more; she covered the Trump campaign, Chinese cyber-attacks, and Iranian attacks on oil companies. Perlroth lives in Northern California with her husband, son, and their dog, and is currently serving as an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). She graduated from Princeton and Stanford, and has worked for Forbes, reporting on the goings on in Silicon Valley.

Publishing house:

Bloomsbury Publishing