Dawn of the Code War

October 2018

Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election continues to command headlines but it’s only the latest incident of the U.S. being targeted by global adversaries in cyberspace, writes John Carlin, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk + Crisis Management Group and co-chair of the firm’s National Security Practice, in his new book, Dawn of the Code War. Mr. Carlin’s co-author is Garrett Graff, an award-winning national security journalist, and the publisher of the book is PublicAffairs, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.

In the book, Mr. Carlin, who previously served as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division and Chief of Staff to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, explains that as each year passes Internet-linked attacks on U.S. interests continue to grow in both frequency and severity. As industries from banking to manufacturing to transportation move into the global digital economy, Mr. Carlin says the U.S. becomes increasingly vulnerable to international adversaries in cyberspace.

Mr. Carlin provides a firsthand account of the global but little understood cybersecurity war, as well as a warning of the dangers to come—and how the U.S. is preparing to fight back.

Selected Reviews:

Dawn of the Code War has already received rave reviews.

“John Carlin has written a crucial book—for practitioners and laymen alike—about the evolution, impacts, and implications of the abuses we’ve all witnessed, and many have personally experienced, in the cyber domain. ... John represents a superb amalgam of legal insight and great writing skill. A must read in my view."
―James Clapper, New York Times bestselling author and former Director of National Intelligence

"This book is thrilling, important, and deeply fascinating…. The riveting stories of these secret battles for our digital safety teach us much about what America can-and must-do to protect itself."
Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo Da Vinci

“By turns electrifying, illuminating, inspirational, and difficult to put down …. A deeply intriguing look into cybersecurity threats facing the United States that will fascinate anyone interested in technology and/or political intrigue.”
Library Journal

Press Coverage:

Mr. Carlin is a highly respected source on cybersecurity. He has spoken to numerous media outlets about Dawn of the Code War and rising cyber threats. Here is a selection of the press coverage:



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