Andy Greenberg - Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Bob McMillan, reporter at the Wall Street Journal

From Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg, author of This Machine Kills Secrets comes the highly anticipated Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers  — a true story of scorched-earth digital combat from Russia offering insight into an evolving world of global threat where the lines between online and physical conflict have begun to blur.

In the summer of 2017 an elite group of Russian hackers wreaked unprecedented havoc on the world when they unleashed a computer virus known as NotPetya that targeted physical infrastructure systems around the globe, knocking out entire power grids, freezing ATMs, and shutting down postal and rail systems. The largest and most penetrating cyber-attack in world history, NotPetya inflicted more than ten billion dollars in damage and reverberated around the entire planet, but its epicenter was located in Ukraine — a historical battle and proving ground for Russian military and intelligence.

The division of the Russian intelligence agency believed to be behind these attacks call themselves Sandworm — a state-sponsored force willing to attack the critical infrastructure of their enemies, targeting both military and civilians alike. Before the Russian government interfered in American elections in 2016, they did the same in Ukraine as early as 2014. And the technology that was used by Sandworm to orchestrate NotPetya could just as easily have been applied to targets here in the United States.

Sandworm follows a small group of cybersecurity detectives as they’re pulled into the mysterious orbit of the Kremlin’s most dangerous hackers — beginning with investigations into local disruptions and blackouts throughout Eastern Europe and followed by full blown cyberwarfare targeting the world’s largest shipping firm, the drug maker Merck, and hundreds of American hospitals. Along the way, Andy Greenberg visits Russia to track down Sandworm himself and meets with the political leaders and security experts involved with NotPetya to determine how the next, even more destructive cyberwar debacle might be prevented.

For business leaders concerned about cybersecurity, military personnel interested in the future evolution of warfare, and political junkies concerned about the modest responses from both the Obama and Trump white houses to recent major geopolitical attacks, Sandworm offers a real-life techno-thriller and a call to action, telling the unforgettable story of these historic conflicts and the search for their perpetrators. Andy Greenberg spent three years researching and reporting this story and in the process traveled on multiple occasions to Ukraine, Denmark, and Russia.

Robert McMillan writes about computer security, hackers and privacy. Previously, he has written about cloud computing, business technology, bitcoin, and artificial intelligence.

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ISBN: 9780385544405
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

“Immensely readable…A hair-raising, cautionary tale about the burgeoning, post-Stuxnet world of state-sponsored hackers.”
Washington Post