Worm: The First Digital World War

Published in 2011 by Mark Bowden

Despite the growing importance and virtual ubiquity of the Internet, the open nature of this 20th century innovation makes the Internet vulnerable to attack. Worm: The First Digital World War, by veteran journalist and bestselling author Mark Bowden, looks at the evolving cyber arena and the serious threats that will continue to challenge the security of all Internet users, including individuals, the private sector, and governments.

This real world account tracks the discovery of the Conficker worm, which proliferated to infect millions of computers, and focuses on the determined efforts of a disparate group of hackers, academics, and computer security experts who came together to neutralize this threat. While pointing out the vulnerabilities inherent in our current Internet architectures, this story also illustrates the innovation and teamwork required to confront ever more challenging threats to cyber security. This is a highly relevant, compelling read for non-computer scientists and the tech savvy alike.

Gen Welsh

CSAF Message

Our Airmen – in fact, all Americans – need to get smart on cyber issues. Worm is a real page turner, but more importantly this book helps us better understand the vulnerabilities as well as the opportunities presented by the only man-made domain…cyberspace.

Mark Bowden

About The Author

Mark Bowden is the bestselling author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, as well as The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.