Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan is the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War and the twice-weekly “War Stories” column for Slate. In his latest talks, he addresses how Russia’s hack of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cyber war. He shares insights into how major nations hack each other constantly to spy, steal information and corrupt each other’s computers with viruses. He illuminates the troubling situation at hand—that if a real war were to break out, cyber warfare could destabilise power grids, financial sectors and other key features of the world economy…within minutes. Through captivating anecdotes and analysis, he shows that these dangers are nothing new—they are an inherent feature of the technology, and have been since the dawn of the Internet fifty years ago. Mr. Kaplan argues why it is essential that cybersecurity should be improved in all countries especially against China, Russia, North Korea and others. He shows how the increased use of cyber war across the globe has become the next frontier of modern combat—in many ways, the new Cold War. He offers timely suggestions about how we can defend ourselves and our businesses against the risk of hackers. He spent 20 years at the Boston Globe prior to Slate, and has contributed articles to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Foreign Affairs.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times bestseller, National-security columnist for Slate.