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Behold a Pale Farce
Behold a Pale Farce

Behold a Pale Farce

Cyberwar, Threat Inflation, & the Malware Industrial Complex

SOCIAL SCIENCE

448 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: April 2014

ISBN 9781937584801

Rights: WOR

Trine Day (Apr 2014)

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Overview

This book presents a data-driven message that exposes the cyberwar media campaign being directed by the Pentagon and its patronage networks. By demonstrating that the American public is being coerced by a threat that has been blown out of proportion—much like the run-up to the Gulf War or the global war on terror—this book discusses how the notion of cyberwar instills a crisis mentality that discourages formal risk assessment, making the public anxious and hence susceptible to ill-conceived solutions. With content that challenges conventional notions regarding cyber security, Behold a Pale Farce covers topics—including cybercrime; modern espionage; mass-surveillance systems; and the threats facing infrastructure targets such as the Federal Reserve, the stock exchange, and telecommunications—in a way that provides objective analysis rather than advocacy. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with the recent emergence of Orwellian tools of mass interception that have developed under the guise of national security.

Reviews

"Bill Blunden and Violet Cheung have produced something of a first on the subject, a comprehensive book on it that isn't like all previous works on the matter. The genre of cyberwar books can be explained in less than half a dozen words [...] Blunden and Cheung's is the one to read. Unlike the rest of our so-called 'books' on cyberwar (take this best-selling example), Behold a Pale Farce [...], won't badly date if another Edward Snowden comes along. It is a true chronicle, a slice, of our technological history." —George Smith, Sitrep, globalsecurity.org"

Author Biography

Bill Blunden is an independent investigator whose current areas of inquiry include information security, antiforensics, and institutional analysis. He is the author of several books, including Offshoring IT: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and The Rootkit Arsenal. Violet Cheung is a professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco. Her research addresses self-control, aggression, and war. They both live in San Francisco.