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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Snowden

Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat

Carlin & Graff

2018

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2019-04-01

"Similarly the Snowden Revelations made clear how little the average American understood about cyber threats. The fact that journalists convince themselves and much of America, even much of the world, the top cyber threat in America was the United States running President-authorized covert intelligence operations and court-ordered surveillance programs that were conducted with oversight from the Inspectors General underscored how little people understood the Cyber threat from countries such as China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea, let alone the massive financial frauds we were seeing criminals undertake. Court-ordered lawful surveillance should have been the least of worries for average users and companies around the world when compared with the threats from nation-states, criminals, and terrorists. Somehow the court-authorized activities of the United States could be conflated with the behavior of autocratic regimes that didn't even pretend to share our values. Our country's surveillance programs were among the most tightly regulated corners of the American government." - Carlin & Graff, Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat (2018)