"Zero Day" by Mark Russinovich
An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction.
At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who quit in disgust after witnessing the gross errors that led up to 9/11, thinks otherwise. Jeff fears a more serious attack targeting the United States computer infrastructure is already under way. And as other menacing computer malfunctions pop up around the world, some with deadly results, he realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to prevent an international catastrophe.
Written by a global authority on cyber security, Zero Day presents a chilling “what if” scenario that, in a world completely reliant on technology, is more than possible today---it’s a cataclysmic disaster just waiting to happen.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (March 15, 2011)
MY THOUGHTS: Several seemingly unrelated incidents take place all over the world, all involving computer failures. Zero Day involves a very realistic portrayal of cyber-terrorism. There is only one man for this job. Jeff Aiken is the man they call. Jeff has to figure out what's going on and fix it. Can he do it? Does he do it? You'll have to read the book to find out.
MY RATING: 5
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