The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex
This book, published in 2014 is especially important considering concerns about Russian hacking of the 2016 American election and potential hacks in several recent European elections. Award winning writer Shane Harris takes on the militarization of communications and describes a world of cyberspace warfare and competition. Were it fiction, Harris’s work would make an exciting and chilling movie by Steven Spielberg. But it’s true. Harris describes a murky Orwellian world where the powers that be – anywhere on the planet – have ready access to our most intimate communications, our financial transactions, medical records, and any other detail of our lives that has any form of electronic existence. More chilling are his descriptions of foreign criminal syndicates, supposedly rogue foreign army and intelligence units, cyber intelligence firms and pirate hackers able to infiltrate and even hijack corporate, government and individual networks and computer systems. These threats have encouraged private corporations to develop their own defensive and even offensive cyberwar capabilities portending a Hobbesian bellum omnium contra omnes.