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Lights out : a cyberattack, a nation unprepared, surviving the aftermath

Koppel, Ted, 1940- (author.).

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Erlanger Branch LT 363.1193337 K83L 2015 (Text) 33126020493627 Large Type Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 080419484X
  • ISBN: 9780804194846
  • Physical Description: viii, 356 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-324) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part I: A Cyberattack -- 1. Warfare 2.0 -- 2. AK-47s and EMPs -- 3. Regulation Gridlock -- 4. Attack Surfaces -- 5. Guardians of the Grid -- 6. What Are the Odds? -- 7. Preparing the Battlefield -- 8. Independent Actors -- Part II: A Nation Unprepared -- 9. Step Up, Step Down -- 10. Extra Batteries -- 11. State of Emergency -- 12. Press Six If You've Been Affected by a Disaster -- Part III: Surviving the Aftermath -- 13. The Ark Builders -- 14. Some Men Are an Island -- 15. Where the Buffalo Roamed -- 16. The Mormons -- 17. State of Deseret -- 18. Constructive Ambiguity -- 19. Solutions -- 20. Summing Up -- Epilogue: The Virtue of a Plan.
Summary, etc.: Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months and affecting tens of millions of people over several states. Koppel believes that 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. And the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. How, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive?
Subject: Self-reliant living United States
Cyberterrorism United States
Emergency management United States
Electric utilities Security measures United States
Genre: Large type books.

  • 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.]—Daniel 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.
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