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The Next War Zone: Confronting the Global Threat of Cyberterrorism

James F. Dunnigan

ISBN 0806524146
Publish Date 9/1/2003
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Citadel, Military
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The next war is going to take place on a new battlefield: your own computer.

You can’t see it, but it’s there, hidden in your home PC. A threat so potent, it could destroy massive amounts of data, and shut down power plants, fuel supplies, space satellites, the armed forces, millions of computers, and even parts of the Internet. A virtually undetectable but devastating new weapon is cyberwarfare, the next wave of terrorism, and it could be launched from your very own computer.

Thousands of computer super viruses, monster worms, and zombies created by terrorists and rogue governments are the new tools of war with the potential for catastrophic results.

In this chilling account, military expert and on-air analyst James F. Dunnigan sounds the alarm on what could be the nation’s next surprise attack—a cyber Pearl Harbor just waiting to happen. Every day, there are warnings of computer viruses and Internet weaknesses with the potential to disrupt society. Most are the work of amateur hackers. But consider also the super zombies, military-grade computer weapons being created by government cyberwar units. Virtually undetectable, they have the power to destroy everything, lethally spread via the Internet, and “hide” on home computers, waiting to be unleashed.

Despite constant warnings about our cyber vulnerability, and billions of dollars spent defending our networks, the risk of catastrophic cyber attacks continues to grow. Now, Dunnigan explains the rules of cyberwar—what it is, what could happen, and how to protect yourself from becoming a pawn. From real-life attack scenarios to explanations of monster viruses; from cyberwarriors to what forces pose the most dangerous threats, Dunnigan offers clear, concise information for fighting back against a phantom enemy that may be the deadliest we’ve ever known.

Praise for the books of James F. Dunnigan:

“Informative and entertaining, but sobering...first rate.” —The New York Times

“Detail as copious as the American public’s fascination with the war is fervent.” —The Washington Post

“Remarkable.” —Forbes

“Fascinating fact after fact.” —Library Journal

“Statistics and logistics, projections and prophecies are all part of Dunnigan’s stock-in-trade.” —Booklist

“A reference source for everyone from ‘armchair historians’ to researchers, students, writers, and academics alike.” —The Veteran Journal

“Extremely clear-headed.” —James Fallows, author of National Defense

James F. Dunnigan is the author of more than twenty books on military subjects, including How to Make War, Dirty Little Secrets, and The Perfect Soldier, and over a hundred wargames. As an on-air analyst for Fox and NBC—as well as other networks—Dunnigan has covered the war in Afghanistan as well as the Gulf War. He has been a consultant for the State Department, the CIA, and the Army War College, and his Web site,, receives a million hits a month. Dunnigan lives in New York City.

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