Cyberspies

Just finished listening to Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage by Gordon Corera.  It was a great, if scary, overview of the development of cyberspace in relationship to spying.  I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants a comprehensive look at how espionage has developed in the digital age.  The tension between governments using surveillance to keep us safe and to keep us in line has never been more important.

What I found particularly interesting in the book is the account that Corera gives of the relationship between governments and industry.  It was interesting to learn about the difference between the way the the US and UK intelligence communities collaborated with the industries in their countries after WWII and the tremendous difference that it made.

If I were to fault the book at all, it would only be that it could have been a bit more concise.  There are a few themes that run through the book that are repeated a bit too often.  At times it can read a bit more like a group of articles pieced together.  Each chapter stands on its own, but sometimes there is repetition of points from chapter to chapter.