Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat

Dawn of the Code War

The inside story of how America’s enemies launched a cyber war against us-and how we’ve learned to fight back…

Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat
By John P. Carlin & Garrett M. Graff
Published by PublicAffairs, Oct. 2018
ISBN 978-1-5417-7383-7

“MY FIRST INTERACTION with Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 was explaining to them that their computers had been hacked by the Chinese government. Eight years later, one of my final cases as assistant attorney general for national security was chasing Russia’s attempts to influence the presidential election through hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In between, I was privileged to serve with those on the front lines of the international fight to secure the internet, helping to combat online not just China and Russia, but also Iran, North Korea, terrorists, organized crime groups, and even lone hackers. Yet even as I left office in 2016, it was clear that the nation’s efforts against hackers remained insufficient.”
— John P. Carlin.

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The Lawfare Podcast: John Carlin on ‘Dawn of the Code War’

“John Carlin served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division from April 2014 to October 2016. In his new book with Garrett Graff, called “Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat,” Carlin explains the cyber conflicts the U.S. faces and how the government fights back. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Carlin last week to talk about the book. They talked about the FBI and Justice Department’s fight against cyber espionage, about how the Justice Department attributes cyberattacks to the responsible actors, and about Carlin’s experience as FBI director Robert Mueller’s chief of staff.”

— Published by the Lawfare Institute in Cooperation with Brookings.
By Jen Patja Howell. November 24, 2018.


Dawn of the Code War

A discussion on responses to national security threats in cyberspace from the Department of Justice, featuring John P. Carlin, Former Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division; and John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at the CSIS headquarters.

“In his new book, Dawn of the Code War, Mr. Carlin discusses the rise of cyber threats from U.S. adversaries, and the strategies that have been developed to combat them. At this event, Mr. Carlin and Mr. Demers will discuss the nature of these threats and, more importantly, the U.S. response, including indictments of Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean nationals. The discussion will focus on the actions the Department of Justice is already taking to combat cyber threats and mitigate risks, and how this could change the cyber threat environment.”

— Center for Strategic & International Studies
Moderated by James A. Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, CSIS Technology Policy Program. January 15, 2019



John Carlin on “Stay Tuned with Preet”



John Carlin is a cybersecurity expert and chairs the Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group at Morrison Foerster. He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division at the Department of Justice and as Chief of Staff to Robert Mueller at the FBI. He is the author of Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat. Carlin speaks with Preet about his book, the U.S. response to cybercrime, China’s theft of intellectual property, and how America was unprepared for the attack on its values.

Plus, Preet’s thoughts on House Democratic committee investigations and the possibility of amending the U.S. Constitution.

This interview was taped on 12/4/18.

Who is Preet Bharara? (Wikipedia)