By Skyhorse Publishing, Special for USDR
The issue of cyberspying took center stage during Monday’s first Presidential debate, with NBC News anchor Lester Holt addressing the candidates: “Our institutions are under cyber attack, and our secrets are being stolen. So my question is, who’s behind it? And how do we fight it?”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded first: “There’s no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country,” she said, “and I am deeply concerned about this.” Donald Trump countered that nobody knows whether it’s Russia, China, or “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”
But in his new book, The Plot to Hack America, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble this week, New York Times bestselling author and MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance not only identifies the hackers as Russian but digs deep into the biggest political scandal since Watergate.
In April of 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization’s computer servers. In the days and weeks that followed, they learned that the cyberthieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voicemails. Nance investigations led him to none other thanRussia’s spy service. Their method: A new hybrid cyber warfare called Kompromat.
In The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election, we learn how technicians discovered that Russia’s spy agency was responsible for the hack, how the Russians have devastated individuals, political groups, and entire nations with their cybercrimes, and how they may have cultivated Donald Trump as an unwitting “asset” to facilitate their ultimate foreign policy goals: Disband NATO, dominate Eastern Europe, and replace America as the world’s superpower.
But why would Vladimir Putin want to tip the scales of an American election? Nance follows the fascinating real-life spy story through a labyrinth of cyber espionage, the history of Russia’s spy services, and Vladimir Putin’s rise through the KGB from junior officer to spy-in-chief. And he details Donald Trump’s many disturbing personal associations with Putin and Russia’soligarch, as well as Trump’s loose affiliation of advisors nicknamed “the Kremlin Crew.”
The Plot to Hack America reads like a spy thriller, but it’s all too real.
About the Author:
Malcolm Nance is a globally recognized counterterrorism expert and Intelligence Community member who was deployed to intelligence operations in the Balkans, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Defeating ISIS, and is a counterterrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
SOURCE Skyhorse Publishing