I’m partway through this book, and cannot recommend it enough. Unless you want to keep using computers. Then don’t read it.
It traces the shady underbelly of the computer industry - the exploit/vulnerability markets, and goes very deeply into “Teh Cyberz” in the process. A particularly solid set of chapters early on is on Project Gunman, James Gosler, and Olympic Games. If you’re not familiar with the state of the past couple decades of computer security, that might mean nothing. You will be well informed. If you are - then you’ve probably shuddered, just a little bit. For one of several possible reasons.
This is one of those books that makes a compelling case that no matter how bad you think the state of computer security is, it’s worse. By far. Because there are a lot of people, and a metric crapton of money, devoted to making it so. “Hack the planet!” is apparently alive and well, many years after Hackers came out.
Throw in the public papers on things like “DDR4 is just as broken and vulnerable to rowhammer as DDR3 was, except DDR4 claims to be robust to it,” and “Mediatek audio processing chips are totally broken, and your phone probably uses one” (Check Point Research discover vulnerabilities in smartphones chips embedded in 37% of smartphones around the world - Check Point Software, Looking for vulnerabilities in MediaTek audio DSP - Check Point Research), and… ugh.
I can’t decide if the right answer is to spend an awful lot of time trying to help shore up the “Well, it’s all broken, but let’s build something that’s a royal pain in the ass anyway” projects like Qubes and some of the PinePhone stuff, or if I should literally just give up on computers in personal use and go learn to garden better.
Anyway, very highly recommended read. Just terrifying.