By Ted Koppel
In this New York Times bestselling research, Ted Koppel finds significant cyberattack on America’s strength grid isn't just attainable yet most probably, that it'd be devastating, and that the USA is shockingly unprepared.
think a blackout lasting now not days, yet weeks or months. millions of individuals over numerous states are affected. For these with out entry to a generator, there isn't any working water, no sewage, no refrigeration or mild. foodstuff and clinical provides are dwindling. units we depend on have long gone darkish. Banks not functionality, looting is frequent, and legislations and order are being demonstrated as by no means before.
It isn’t only a state of affairs. A well-designed assault on only one of the nation’s 3 electrical strength grids may possibly cripple a lot of our infrastructure—and within the age of cyberwarfare, a pc has develop into the one precious weapon. numerous countries antagonistic to the us might release such an attack at any time. actually, as a former leader scientist of the NSA finds, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid. And a cybersecurity consultant to President Obama believes that self reliant actors—from “hacktivists” to terrorists—have the aptitude in addition. “It’s now not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander common Lloyd Austin, “it’s a query of when.”
And but, as Koppel makes transparent, the government, whereas prepared for traditional mess ups, has no plan for the aftermath of an assault at the strength grid. the present Secretary of native land defense indicates preserving a battery-powered radio.
In the absence of a central authority plan, a few members and groups have taken issues into their very own palms. one of the nation’s predicted 3 million “preppers,” we meet one whose doomsday retreat encompasses a newly excavated three-acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self-sufficient that he crafted the millions of adobe bricks in his condo via hand. We additionally see the unmatched catastrophe preparedness of the Mormon church, with its huge, immense storehouses, high-tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking corporation – the culmination of a protracted culture of expecting the worst. yet how, Koppel asks, will traditional civilians survive?
With urgency and authority, considered one of our most famous reporters examines a probability particular to our time and evaluates power how one can organize for a disaster that's all yet inevitable.
From the Hardcover edition.