"Perlroth’s storytelling is part John le Carré and more parts Michael Crichton—“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” meets “The Andromeda Strain.” Because she’s writing about a boys’ club, there’s also a lot of “Fight Club” in this book. (“The first rule of the zero-day market was: Nobody talks about the zero-day market. The second rule of the zero-day market was: Nobody talks about the zero-day market.”) And, because she tells the story of the zero-day market through the story of her investigation, it’s got a Frances McDormand “Fargo” quality, too...spellbinding."
The New Yorker
"Perlroth dives into the shadowy and frightening world of cyberwarfare...a fast-paced account of the U.S. government’s digital vulnerability, how it has been exploited and why the stakes couldn’t be higher."
The New York Times
“Perlroth's terrifying revelation of how vulnerable American institutions and individuals are to clandestine cyberattacks by malicious hackers is possibly the most important book of the year . . . Perlroth's precise, lucid, and compelling presentation of mind-blowing disclosures about the underground arms race a must-read exposé.”
Booklist, Starred review
“A stemwinder of a tale of how frightening cyber weapons have been turned on their maker. Perlroth takes a complex subject that has been cloaked in techspeak and makes it dead real for the rest of us.”
Kara Swisher, Host of the New York Times podcast "Sway"
“The best kind of reportage . . . a rollicking fun trip, front to back, and an urgent call for action before our wired world spins out of our control. I've covered cybersecurity for a decade and yet paragraph after paragraph I kept wondering: 'How did she manage to figure *that* out? How is she so good?'”
Garrett M. Graff, Wired, author of New York Times bestseller THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY
“The definitive history of cyberwarfare. Nicole Perlroth connects the dots and the behind the scenes action of every serious intrusion, cyberattack and cyberespionage revelation in the last decade, offering recommendations for stopping the cyberwar none of us want to see.”
Clint Watts, Author of MESSING WITH THE ENEMY
“Nicole Perlroth does what few other authors on the cyber beat can: she tells a highly technical, gripping story as if over a beer at your favorite local dive bar. A page-turner.”
Nina Jankowicz, author of HOW TO LOSE THE INFORMATION WAR
“Usually, books like this are praised by saying that they read like a screenplay or a novel. Nicole Perlroth's is better: her sensitivity to both technical issues and human behavior give this book an authenticity that makes its message--that cybersecurity issues threaten our privacy, our economy, and maybe our lives--even scarier.”
Steven Levy, author of HACKERS and FACEBOOK
A must-read tale of cloak-and-dagger mercenary hackers, digital weapons of mass destruction and clandestine, ne'er-do-well government agencies. Perlroth's intrepid reporting shows why the consequences could be frightening.
Lawrence Ingrassia, author of BILLION DOLLAR BRAND CLUB
“Reads like a modern-day John le Carré novel, with terrifying tales of espionage and cyber warfare that will keep you up at night, both unable to stop reading, and terrified for what the future holds.”
Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair, author of AMERICAN KINGPIN
"Easily an early contender for a "best of the year" award, and it is by far one of the best books on cyber warfare and espionage out there today...pulls the reader fully into the narrative from the first page."