Lights out A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
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- ISBN: 9780553419979 (electronic bk)
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- Publisher: 2015.
|Summary, etc.:||In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America's power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before. It isn't just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation's three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure--and in the age of cyberwarfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. Several nations hostile to the United States could launch such an assault at any time. In fact, as a former...|
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- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 June #1
According to Koppel, a four-decades-plus veteran of ABC News who has won literally dozens of awards (e.g., 42 Emmys), America is completely unprepared for the consequences of a major cyberattack on its power grid, which would be no light, heat, running water, or sewage treatment and no place to get information or money. At least he suggests ways to protect ourselves.[Page 70]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2015 November #1
Veteran ABC television newsman Koppel has worked with big problems for most of his career. Here he looks primarily at the electrical grid supporting our modern society. Koppel examines how an attack on it might take place, originating from both other nations and individuals; how unprepared the U.S. government and companies are to deal with such an event; and how difficult it will be for citizens and organizations to cope with a long-term outage (of months or even years). The experts Koppel interviewed, and the other sources he consulted all highlight the interconnectedness and vulnerability of this vital infrastructure and what we must do to protect it. One theme is that we have long been a reactive society, when a vigorous and coordinated proactive approach, while expensive, would return much better results in the long run. The threat is real, complicated, and growing; as it stands, individual survival if the lights go out will be extremely hard. VERDICT Easy to read and understand; recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/15.]âDaniel Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL[Page 106]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.