Countdown to Zero Day is one of those books that sort of gives you the willies. The story of Stuxnet, the major computer virus that set-back the Iranian uranium enrichment program, will force you to rethink the internet’s benign nature- the internet can be a weapon, and this may just be the beginning (cue spooky music now). Scroll down at the end of the review, and listen to some Iggy Pop, from the album Soldier, this week’s Thugbrarian Set-List.
Countdown to Zero: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon
by Kim Zetter
Countdown to Zero Day reads like a good spy novel-the writing is fast-paced, and not over burdened by an abundance of tech-speak. There are more than enough citations to references, offering the reader the opportunity to further investigate on their own. Zetter has done a good job of collecting all of the disparate pieces, and weaving them together to form a cohesive explanation of how Stuxnet came about, and what implications we will be dealing with moving forward.