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  • Sandworm

  • A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
  • By: Andy Greenberg
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Sandworm

By: Andy Greenberg
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
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"With the nuance of a reporter and the pace of a thriller writer, Andy Greenberg gives us a glimpse of the cyberwars of the future while at the same time placing his story in the long arc of Russian and Ukrainian history." —Anne Applebaum, bestselling author of Twilight of Democracy

The true story of the most devastating act of cyberwarfare in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind it: "[A] chilling account of a Kremlin-led cyberattack, a new front in global conflict" (
Financial Times).

In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest businesses—from drug manufacturers to software developers to shipping companies. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage—the largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen.

The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: a group known as Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike.

A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, Sandworm considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability. As the Kremlin's role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, Sandworm exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur—with world-shaking implications.

©2019 Andy Greenberg (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Winner of the Cornelius Ryan Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club of America

"Sandworm is a sobering examination of an underreported story: The menace Russian hackers pose to the critical infrastructure of the West. With the nuance of a reporter and the pace of a thriller writer, Andy Greenberg gives us a glimpse of the cyberwars of the future while at the same time placing his story in the long arc of Russian and Ukrainian history." —Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gulag and Red Famine

"An important front-line view of the changing cyberthreats that are shaping our world, their creators, and the professionals who try to protect us.”Nature

“As Russia has attacked, Greenberg has not been far behind, reporting on these incursions in Wired while searching for their perpetrators. Like the best true-crime writing, his narrative is both perversely entertaining and terrifying.” New York Review of Books

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Really wanted to enjoy this

But struggled to get into it. Granted I'm a nerd and didn't need the introductions it kept on providing.

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Best cyber book by far

Andy Greenberg has written, what has been the most engaging and scary cyber book I have had in many years. Very well researched, balanced and easy to follow. The level of background information is balanced and provides enough information to really bring the book to life. This is not a dry cyber security book, this one will keep you awake at night..

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Accurate

This is one of the most well researched books on cybersecurity and cyber warfare. Must read/listen

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Quite technical but fascinating

I have found this one a bit harder to follow than This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends. However it still highlights our vulnerability to and the growing interest for digital disruptions.

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Wow

Absolutely riveting story told with enough technical details to interest those knowledgeable while not boring those who are not as knowledgeable.

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Title.

An incredible true story and interesting take on cyber threats. A must read if you are interested in cyber security and crime.

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Outstanding

Quite different to what I had initially expected, without having much prior knowledge of the book content, besides being Cyber security related.

Fantastic narration, and will likely listen to it again in the coming year or two.

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fantastic

great story depicting the great hack of the century.
Ukraine and not petya, governmental election's

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The scariest book I've come across.

Compelling story with catestrophic consequences for the modern world.
Presents a strong argument for investment in digital security.

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A good example

How IT keeps doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
Hey guys! How about some diversity in your infrastructure

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