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Join Us to Learn About the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers

The cover of the book Sandworm shows black and white swirls, like a fingerprint, behind the title.

The summer of 2017 witnessed what is believed to have been the most devastating cyberattack the world has ever seen, with Ukraine as its chief victim. Less clear: Who carried out this massive attack, and under whose orders?

In Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers, Andy Greenberg, a senior writer at Wired, follows the trail of NotPetya, the malware that crippled significant portions of Ukraine’s infrastructure. In the midst of Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine, Greenberg found that Ukraine was being used as a testing ground for the Kremlin’s newest cyberwar techniques—and that the most aggressive of those attacks were being carried out by a group of Russian hackers known as Sandworm, the same ones would eventually unleash NotPetya onto the world. Greenberg examines how the Kremlin has deployed such groups to attack critical infrastructure across the globe, targeting everyone from civilians to governments.

Join Future Tense and New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative at noon on Nov. 6 in Washington for a conversation on the Kremlin’s global offensive and the blurring of lines between physical and digital conflict.* For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website. (Can’t make it to Washington? You can also watch the event live on NewAmerica.org.)

Lunch will be served. Copies of Sandworm will be available for purchase, and a booking signing will follow the discussion.


Andy Greenberg
Senior writer, Wired
Author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers

Peter Warren Singer
Strategist and senior fellow, New America
Co-author of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

Lily Hay Newman
Senior writer, Wired

Correction, Oct. 29, 2019: This post originally misstated the date of the event. It is Nov. 6, not Nov. 5.

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