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Perlroth’s book on cyberweapons wins FT/McKinsey Book of the Year

December 1, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

“This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race” by former New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth has won the Financial Times/McKinsey & Co. Business Book of the Year award.

Perlroth, who covered cybersecurity at The Times, wrote an “intricately detailed, deeply sourced and reported history of the origins and growth of that market and the global cyberweapons arms race it has sparked,” according to a review in the Times.

Roula Khalaf, FT editor and chair of the judges, said: “Cybersecurity isn’t featuring highly enough on CEOs’ agenda. I hope this award will prompt them to read this book and pay attention.”

She has covered Russian hacks of nuclear plants, airports, and elections, North Korea’s cyberattacks against movie studiosbanks and hospitals, Iranian attacks on oil companies, banks and the Trump campaign and hundreds of Chinese cyberattacks, including a months-long hack of The Times.

The book, and several of her Times articles, have been optioned for television.

A Bay Area native, Perlroth is a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford University.

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