• The Hacker and the State

  • Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics
  • By: Ben Buchanan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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By: Ben Buchanan
Narrated by: Christopher Grove
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Packed with insider information based on interviews, declassified files, and forensic analysis of company reports, The Hacker and the State sets aside fantasies of cyber-annihilation to explore the real geopolitical competition of the digital age. Tracing the conflict of wills and interests among modern nations, Ben Buchanan reveals little-known details of how China, Russia, North Korea, Britain, and the United States hack one another in a relentless struggle for dominance. His analysis moves deftly from underseas cable taps to underground nuclear sabotage, from blackouts and data breaches to billion-dollar heists and election interference.  

Buchanan brings to life this continuous cycle of espionage and deception, attack and counterattack, destabilization and retaliation. He explains why cyber attacks are far less destructive than we anticipated, far more pervasive, and much harder to prevent. With little fanfare and far less scrutiny, they impact our banks, our tech and health systems, our democracy, and every aspect of our lives. Quietly, insidiously, they have reshaped our national-security priorities and transformed spycraft and statecraft. 

The contest for geopolitical advantage has moved into cyberspace. The United States and its allies can no longer dominate the way they once did. The nation that hacks best will triumph.

©2020 Ben Buchanan (P)2020 Tantor

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A good overview of hacking influence on government

I definitely recommend this to anyone who is in politics that just doesn't get how hacking can influence government actions. This book covered many of the major hacking/malware events from 2012 to 2018. While technology is ever expanding, this book is an outstanding overview of government actions which have been assisted and thwarted by stealing information, and manipulating situations.

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Good overall

Good book overall! Could have done without Chapter 10's defense of Hillary Clinton. But other than that I liked the book.

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Robotic

I couldn’t continue listening to this one, The narrator sounded totally robotic, it was quite boring. Quite disappointed at this since I was excited about this book.

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excellent coverage of hacking over the years

it is great to see the forest where as normally I see the trees.

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Great narration and great delivery of info

This was a great read for someone interested in cybersecurity. It was just the facts and didn't try to bring in extraneous areas like politics, even though politics were discussed.

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  • Richard Alberg
  • 07-06-20

Fascinating book

The book is really interesting. It is packed with information, presented clearly and for a non technical audience. I like to think I am reasonably well informed, however, I learned a lot. The only let down is the narrator. This was by far the worst narration of any Audible book I have purchased.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

Great book

The book describes several hacking operations in a clear and detailed manner. Not too technical, ideal for humanities students

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  • Zbigniew Zdziarski
  • 08-19-22

A great overview of the state-based hacking scene

If you want an overview of the state-based hacking scene, whether it be run by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, or the USA, then this book is for you.

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  • shanna daly
  • 06-20-22

struggled with the narration

I work in infosec and know and am interested in the topic but found the narration monotone and sounded more like AI than a story teller. I listened at 1.25 to get through it.