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America built the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons. Now they're being used against the country, a new book argues.

Added 03-06-21 03:14:02am EST - “New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth argues that decades of the US neglecting its cyber defenses has left it "incredibly vulnerable."” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “America built the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons. Now they're being used against the country, a new book argues.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In March 2017, WikiLeaks published a trove of leaked CIA hacking tools. The agency's internal report, obtained last year by The Washington Post, eventually blamed the CIA's hackers for spending too much effort "building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems."

A month after the CIA tools leaked, a group called the Shadow Brokers dumped its fifth batch of hacking tools that it had stolen from the NSA's elite "Tailored Access Operations" group. Those tools were then used by foreign actors to carry out extensive cyberattacks, including the infamous WannaCry attacks, whose targets included American companies and government agencies.

More recently, the Solarwinds hack and an attempt by hackers to poison a Florida town's water supply exposed just how vulnerable America is to cyberattacks on its home turf.

For decades, the US has had the most sophisticated arsenal of cyberweapons in the world. But America's focus on building up its cyber offenses — and lack of focus on defensive measures — has increasingly become one of its biggest weaknesses, The New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth argues in a new book. 

In "This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race," Perlroth, who has covered cybersecurity for more than a decade, says other countries' cyber capabilities have caught up to the US in recent years. At the same time, she argues, America's critical infrastructure — because so much of it is owned by private companies and connected to the internet — has become a huge target for its adversaries.

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