The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election

The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election

by Malcolm Nance


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In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization’s computer servers and conducted a theft that is best described as Watergate 2.0. In the weeks that followed, the nation’s top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.

Soon after, the remainder of the Democratic Party machine, the congressional campaign, the Clinton campaign, and their friends and allies in the media were also hacked. Credit cards numbers, phone numbers, and contacts were stolen. In short order, the FBI found that more than twenty-five state election offices had their voter registration systems probed or attacked by the same hackers.

Western intelligence agencies tracked the hack to Russian spy agencies and dubbed them the CYBER BEARS. The media was soon flooded with the stolen information channeled through Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. It was a massive attack on America but the Russian hacks appeared to have a singular goal—elect Donald J. Trump as president of the United States.

New York Times bestselling author of Defeating ISIS and the forthcoming Hacking ISIS and career intelligence officer Malcolm Nance’s fast paced real-life spy thriller takes you from Vladimir Putin’s rise through the KGB from junior officer to spymaster-in-chief and spells out the story of how he performed the ultimate political manipulation—convincing Donald Trump to abandon seventy years of American foreign policy including the destruction of NATO, cheering the end of the European Union, allowing Russian domination of Eastern Europe, and destroying the existing global order with America at its lead.

The Plot to Hack America is the thrilling true story of how Putin’s spy agency, run by the Russian billionaire class, used the promise of power and influence to cultivate Trump as well as his closest aides, the Kremlin Crew, to become unwitting assets of the Russian government. The goal? To put an end to 240 years of free and fair American democratic elections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510738775
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 01/22/2018
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 136,758
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Malcolm Nance is a globally recognized counter-terrorism expert and Intelligence Community member who has been deployed to intelligence operations in the Balkans, Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Defeating ISIS and the Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize Finalist Hacking ISIS, and is a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

1 Watergate 2.0 1

2 Suspicions of Something More Sinister 17

3 The Spymaster-in-Chief 24

4 Trump's Agents, Putin's Assets 37

5 Operation LUCKY-7: The Kremlin Plan to Elect a President 65

6 Battles of the CYBER BEARS 83

7 WikiLeaks: Russia's Intelligence Laundromat 110

8 When CYBER BEARS Attack 122

9 Cyberwar to Defend Democracy 145

Endnotes 155

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The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and Wikileaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Malcolm Nance is an American hero and this book is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant portrayal of current U.S. concern.
loyolanaveendonnayyonex More than 1 year ago
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BonnieBonnie More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. I feel that it shared a lot of useful information to someone who before this was pretty unaware of what was going on. there was only a few times where I felt the author was covering things that did not need to be covered and I only felt he was being biased a few times. He did a good job with the information, helping lead you from one point to the next with relative ease. You can tell that this is not his first book and it is certainly not his first time covering this topic. I would give this book a recommendation being the fact that it covers a lot of information and it isn't the hardest thing in the world to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel that the information was presented pretty well and organized well. There was some things that were put in that felt like they were out of place at first but the author did a good job at working it into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Nance presents a clear and straight forwrd path that was taken to undermine the 2016 election. Having seen him on various tv shows i could hear his voice as i read his words. He brings to the page his years of experience in the fields connected to terrorism. I thank him for this endeavor. 9494
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Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
What is “known”? If, by “known”, you mean “in possession of irrefutable evidence”, you are not destined to work in the intelligence community. On the other hand, if you can deal with educated interpretations of various pieces of evidence, and can live with words like “high certainty”, “likely”, and “highly improbable”, you might do well in that field. I bring this up because it is the basis of Malcolm Nance's book “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election”. If a foreign power undertook an effort to influence an American election, the likelihood that they would leave behind incontrovertible evidence is almost nil. (Aside: The likelihood that the people finding that evidence would survive to report on it could also be questionable.) Author Nance interprets various pieces of evidence – finding a computer worm that was originally coded using a Cyrillic keyboard, spoof websites that are based in former Russian satellite states, and admissions made publicly by 3rd parties – to paint a picture that Russia's leader wanted to ensure the results of the 2016 Presidential election were acceptable to him and his interests. It must be pointed out that the author never claims that Republican candidate and eventual winner Donald Trump was an active party to these mechanisms. (There is a possibility, however, that some of his advisers – ones outside of the official campaign structure – had some level of awareness.) This book is definitely worth a read. Rating: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars where 1/2 stars are not permitted. DISCLOSURE: This book was provided free of charge in a random draw. No conditions were placed upon entry or acceptance, but a request for an honest and prompt review was implied.