“Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” by Ted Koppel

“Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” by Ted Koppel c.2015, Crown $26.00 / $34.00 Canada 280 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Candles are so romantic. Their light softens everything in the room, making shadows that add a little mystery while the flame’s twinkle hints of promises. Nothing sets a mood better than a candle with just the right scent – unless it’s a candle that you need to survive, as you’ll see in the new book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. Flip a switch, there’s illumination. Turn a faucet, there’s water. Click, and you’ve done your banking. We’ve become so used to the instantaneousness of these things that we barely give thought to having them. Flip, turn, click, done. And that, says Koppel, is a big problem. What we don’t know or, more likely, don’t think much about is that our electrical grid and the nation’s internet infrastructure are both unsecure and extremely vulnerable to attacks by a nation, group, or individual willing to risk what he says is basically an “act of war.”  We’re in this situation because profit has preference over preparedness, because we haven’t been thoroughly warned of the facts, and because some government officials don’t believe cyberattack is possible. But it is, says Koppel; in fact, it’s already happened. He cites the Sony breach of a year ago, and a...

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