Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we
do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social
relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But
there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to
transform this extraordinary domain.
In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on
digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on
cyberspace and shows what's at stake for Internet users and
citizens. As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful
agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs
such as Koobface have made social media their stalking ground. The
discovery of Stuxnet, a computer worm reportedly developed by
Israel and the United States and aimed at Iran's nuclear
facilities, showed that state cyberwar is now a very real
possibility. Governments and corporations are in collusion and are
setting the rules of the road behind closed doors.
This is not the way it was supposed to be. The Internet's original
promise of a global commons of shared knowledge and communications
is now under threat.
Drawing on the first-hand experiences of one of the most important
protagonists in the battle - the Citizen Lab and its global network
of frontline researchers, who have spent more than a decade
cracking cyber espionage rings and uncovering attacks on citizens
and NGOs worldwide - Black Code takes readers on a
fascinating journey into the battle for cyberspace.
Thought-provoking, compelling, and sometimes frightening, it is a
wakeup call to citizens who have come to take the Internet for
granted. Cyberspace is ours, it is what we make of it, Deibert
argues, and we need to act now before it slips through our