Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter

        Cyber security is very important. The many coders who are daily investigating worms and malware are to be viewed as gate keepers.
     I am sure more computers would be put in harms way if it wasn’t for what they do.
     Yet there are still some malwares that refuse to go away. They will just be duplicated and planted deep in the coding to be activated at a later time- a zero day.
     Most leave footprints that can be traced. That is the job of the reverse engineers who go in and take the malware apart bit by bit and study the code.
    There is one that appears to be a weapon – a cyberbomb- a tool in the cyberwarfare. It is called Stuxnet. It attacks through Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and gets in machines.Once in the machine it waits for the time and controllers to line up and then It attacks by overheating and causing the machine such as a nuclear reactor to blow up and melt.
     The one sent to the North Korean Nuclear centrifuges was caught. But it has been copied and resurfaces still. It has been found in codes on PCs, laptops, and mainframes.
     Zetter shows us how a virus/worm such as Stuxnet was able to pull off its sabotage. He gives a timeline of the virus’s development and release.
    I perceive it as just the start of the spy programs which are still with us.
    I would recommend this book for study by students in computer science and cyberwarfare.
   This book was sent  to me gratis from bloggingforbooks.com to be reviewed and posted to my bookblog. I was not required to give a positive review in order to stay on the program. All opnions are mine and not those of the publisher.
   For those who wish to purchase this book please use the link below.
   Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

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