Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

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The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

Alexander Klimburg. New York: Penguin Press, 2017. 420 pp. $30.00

We are at war, although we are unaware of it, and cyberspace conflict will have a martial effect on non-digital life. The web and its dark web sister are enormous and to some extent as uncontrollable as cyber weapons. In his substantial study, Alexander Klimburg discusses every aspect of cyberspace from technical design, to data centers, bandwidth, packet switching, DNS, zettabytes, addresses, and hacking. We are reminded of Kevin Mitnick, the social engineering cracker who managed to break into many systems, and, as I recall, went to prison. Phishing, Russian and Chinese hacking, and other attacks turn up in this encyclopedic study of cyberspace.

This leads to cybersecurity and the obvious tenet that "...the majority of attacks could be avoided by taking basic defense measures..." which is then disconfirmed because a dedicated hacker can always find an entry point, but I do not believe that this is the case. There do exist ways to protect one's data but people are very chary of acting inconveniently and ignore simple protocols such as not using public Wi-Fi or not clicking on links or not inserting alien thumb drives or not opening attachments or, heaven forbid, disconnecting from the Internet. …

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