Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

Lights Out A Cyberattack A Nation Unprepared Surviving the Aftermath In this New York Times bestselling investigation 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

  • Title: Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
  • Author: Ted Koppel
  • ISBN: 9781101888933
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Audiobook
  • In this New York Times bestselling investigation, 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 accIn this New York Times bestselling investigation, 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 chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid And a cybersecurity advisor to President Obama believes that independent actors from hacktivists to terrorists have the capability as well It s not a question of if, says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, it s a question of when And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid The current Secretary of Homeland Security suggests keeping a battery powered radio.In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands Among the nation s estimated three million preppers, we meet one whose doomsday retreat includes a newly excavated three acre lake, stocked with fish, and a Wyoming homesteader so self sufficient that he crafted the thousands of adobe bricks in his house by hand We also see the unrivaled disaster preparedness of the Mormon church, with its enormous storehouses, high tech dairies, orchards, and proprietary trucking company the fruits of a long tradition of anticipating the worst But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.From the Hardcover edition.

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    About “Ted Koppel”

    1. Ted Koppel

      Edward James Ted Koppel is an English born American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program s inception in 1980 until his retirement in late 2005 After leaving Nightline, Koppel worked as managing editor for the Discovery Channel before resigning in 2008 Koppel is currently a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and the BBC.

    117 thoughts on “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath”

    1. Nightline with Ted Koppel was a show that was on occasionally in my house when I was growing up. My family respected Ted Koppel, so I guess some of that was installed subconsciously in me. (So much stuff got inadvertently crammed into my small mind space-so stop the judging of me)He has since retired and decided on try his hat as an author. He takes on somewhat the fear of a cyber-attack on America's electric/internet infrastructure. (I say somewhat-because I felt like he just glazed the surface [...]


    2. DarknessExtended periods of darkness, longer and more profound than anyone not living in one of America’s great cities has ever known.As power shuts down there is darkness and the sudden loss of electrical conveniences. As batteries lose power, there is more gradual failure of cell phones, portable radios, and flashlights. Emergency generators provide pockets of light and power, but there is little running water anywhere…Emergency supplies of bottled water are too scarce to use for anything [...]


    3. In my online book collection I have a shelf assigned to dystopian novels such as The Stand, The Walking Dead, and The Day of the Triffids. Once, in a somewhat whimsical mood, I renamed it my we're all gonna die shelf. Lights out, Ted Koppel’s Investigation into the threat that a cyberattack directed against our electrical grid, gets the dubious honor of being the first non-fiction book to be placed on that shelf.Veteran newsman Koppel, with a consummate skill born of 42 years spent with ABC, l [...]


    4. This reminded me of the adage about public speaking: "tell them what you're going to say; say it; tell them what you just said; and then recap."Koppel had one thing to say, "the power grid in the US is highly vulnerable to attack." And he said it and said it again and then said it again for about 175 pages. He obviously interviewed a lot of people, all of whom confirmed his fears about our vulnerability, but they all said the same thing. The last part of the book focused on the Mormons and on th [...]


    5. Ted Koppel's expose on what will happen when we have a massive failure of the power grid. We all know that this could happen and it would be a disaster, I really didn't need Ted Koppel to tell me that. I think what irks me the most is that power companies are hesitant to do any disaster planning because it affects their bottom line. If the government (by which I mean we the people) force companies to have some sort of disaster recovery, it's called regulation and we have every politician vowing [...]


    6. Growing up in Oklahoma I experienced my fair share of power outages. Tornadoes, dust devils, heat lightening, hail the size of grapefruits, ice storms and whiteouts. You name it, sans hurricanes, if it's wild and crazy weather, it happens in Oklahoma. And when the lights go out, along with every other electronic device, life becomes a whole different ballgame. A bit scary? Absolutely. Eerily quiet? Unnervingly so. Annoying and inconvenient? Darn right! If power remains out for more than a couple [...]


    7. I finished reading this book a few weeks ago. It caused me to intensify my doomsday prepping. (No, I am NOT kidding.) For this and other reasons, I have been so busy that I cannot squeeze the time to write a review. I, therefore, urge everyone to read Will Byrnes brilliant review of this book. Here is the link:/review/showP.S. After finishing reading the above book, I read "Electric Armageddon", by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry. Dr. Pry's book deals with the same nightmare, that is, the failing of the g [...]


    8. It was good to hear Ted Koppel’s voice again, but oh God, please don’t let something like this happen. No electricity. No internet. No !Seriously, according to the book it is estimated that only 1 in 10 Americans would survive a year without electricity. Imagine all the equipment the infirmed require, imagine all the refrigeration required for food and drugs, imagine not being able to pump gas, imagine no generators for lack of fuel, no heat, no air conditioning, no flushing toilets, disease [...]


    9. Advanced reading copy review Due to be published October 27, 2015Ted Koppel is known to most Americans as the anchor of Nightline (ABC News) for 25 years. In "Lights Out" he uses his journalism skills to alert us to perhaps the greatest current threat to America's security, cyber-terrorism. While the emphasis is on hackers bringing down our power grid, he also warns about attacks on our water systems, nuclear power plants and other potentially disastrous weak points in our infrastructure that ar [...]


    10. Here's this book in a nutshell: "The nation's power grid is woefully unprotected and unprepared for a direct assault, especially through a cyber attack." Most of the rest of the book is rehashing this thesis with various data points and interviews with cyber warfare and electrical production experts. Oh, and Mormon preparation for the collapse.It's not a bad book, by any means. My biggest issue isn't the fact that the author details the many ways in which our power grid is unsecure, it's that he [...]


    11. I found this book very informative and enlightening. I took my time reading this boo only because I wanted to digest the information that was in this book longer. Mr. Koppel brings the news to you and does not stray from it. Anyone interested and intrigued by world events or the cyber world will find this book a great read. I was drawn in by Mr. Koppel's writing. Also, I found his interviews with people fascinating. It did not seem like the things the people said were edited to the point that yo [...]


    12. The power in my house briefly went out as I was wrapping up chapter 16. Not kidding. It was only about 2 seconds, but since this never happens here (coupled obviously with the content of the book), it concerned the crap out me. Thanks Ted Koppel, I'll never sleep again.I can't give this book a top rating because it didn't really have an ending. Unless I missed it, there was no real solution or call to action. Even most climate change books that I've read have some slim optimistic actionable item [...]


    13. Frightening! Frightening! Through the use of extensive interviews, Koppel illustrates how fragile the infrastructure of our power grid really is. Whether through cyberterrorism or a physical act of terrorism, we are at risk for a major disruption to our system. Koppel explains how the interruption will be much worse than a mere days long period, and how it may stretch up to a year or more. He also points out the "head-in-the-sand" mentality of our government officials to the issue. Let's hope th [...]


    14. Covering a great many issues with the objectivity gained by a lifetime of asking the right questions, Ted Koppel's Lights Out is a must read for every citizen of the United States of America. Leaving no stone unturned in his exposition, Koppel provides both technical analysis and colorful anecdotes, as well as his testimony enduring the Blitz as a child in the epilogue. Carefully researched and taken from Koppel's interviews with everybody from former military generals to electric company execut [...]



    15. Lights Out was a fascinating -- if terrifying -- expose on the possibility and repercussions of a terrorist cyberattack on the U.S. power grid. Ted Koppel explains the weaknesses in our power grid system and lists the many terrorist organizations that could attack the U.S. in this manner. Few people realize how devastating it would be to have the power cut over a large block of states for a period of weeks or longer. Not only would the lights and heat go out, but people's access to water, food, [...]


    16. Just couldn't do it. This was available at my library when other things I wanted were not. It just kills me. What is it about these OWGs who retire and then say, "oh wait--you guys are going to get TOTALLY screwed very soon's C-O-M-M-M-I-N-G." Why didn't they think about that while they were working, when they should have been thinking and doing something about it? I'm talking about the same OWGs who brought us climate change and water restrictionsey made their money and had a wild time. What I [...]


    17. Late on the afternoon of Tuesday, 17 November 2015, at the height of a terrific windstorm here in Spokane, Washington, we lost power. It didn't come back until around noon on Sunday, the 22nd. Five days without electricity and so without heat, refrigeration, hot water, cooking, or lights. What's more, since the outage was so widespread there were no gas stations, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, restaurants, or other businesses open. City hall, schools, and even the library were c [...]


    18. The title is fairly self-explanatory. No magic monkeys, no miniature unicorns, but there are PWGs (preppers with guns). Ted Koppel presents the likeliness of a cyber-attack cutting our power grid and what would happen. Yes, this will make you paranoid. And yes, it made me buy an emergency radio with a nifty crank just in case.Koppel scares the pants off his readers by showing how vulnerable our power grid is, how it has already been tampered with, and what might happen if we are hit. The subject [...]


    19. My career field in the US Air Force was emergency management and I am a sucker for disaster books. Ted Koppel was a name I could trust to give me some really thought provoking long-form journalism. A pretty easy, but sobering, read about how a cyber attack on the U.S. power grid could take place and how the country (government, civic organizations, and individual people) would respond/react to the situation. Answer: everyone's response will be piss poor, except for the Mormons and survivalists ( [...]


    20. This is a frightening book and I hope it never comes true. Ted Koppel, a well known journalist, attempts to show readers about the dangers to the power grid and how unprepared the government and utility corporations are in stopping an attack on the power grid and what happens to the country if it is prolonged.Koppel tells the story as a journalist but because of the complexity of the subject it might have been better told as an analyst. I felt that Koppel wandered off topic frequently and the bo [...]


    21. I wavered between a 2 and 3 star rating on this one. On the one hand, Ted Koppel's argument--that a cyberattack could knock out one or multiple power grids, plunging a large part of the country in darkness and displacing people and resources--is compelling and, quite frankly, surprising that it hasn't happened yet. The world is full of sh*ts who are smart enough to pull this off, in my opinion. On the other hand, I felt pretty dumb and slightly talked down to while reading. It just wasn't access [...]


    22. Wow. This book has a lot of eye-opening information about the vulnerability of our power grid.Don't read it if you're easily spooked!It is a bit slow reading in parts, but overall a good read and awesome research if you're writing dystopian fiction!


    23. I enjoy an occasional foray into exploring the real potential of societal cataclysm and this book certainly checked that box. I personally have virtually no way of verifying most of the information Koppel gathered for this work, especially as it relates to the cyber security of the nation's power grid. But one really doesn't need facts to think about the immediate and long term crippling consequences of a protracted, widespread power outage. YIKES. How likely this is to become an actuality I hav [...]


    24. ok, don't judge me. I really liked this. The only reason I started it was because I wanted to be able put a non-fiction title on my "dystopia" shelf (I swear).The overview of how our power grid actually works was weirdly fascinating. Koppel's investigative reporting into how vulnerable the grid is to sabotage/attack was well, sobering. And our lack of any kind of national recovery plan in the event of such an attack was not terribly surprising, really (Americans generally see themselves as invul [...]


    25. Lights Out: A Cyber Attack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath is a cautionary tale. Ted Koppel's intensely researched book presents a scenario that trumps dystopian novels about zombies and plague--because this threat is real.I've been pondering this review for over a week. If a cyber attack on the electric grid resulted in widespread, lengthy outages, the consequences would be catastrophic. Koppel's interviews with experts in many fields, governmental and private industry, make this [...]


    26. A cyber attack is a real possibility and the U.S. is not prepared.Koppel reports on the assessment of those in the military and intelligence communities, as well as academic, industrial, and civic authorities. Our electric grid is extremely vulnerable, he reports. I'd read novels about an EMP attack and, while such an attack would be serious, a cyber attack is a more serious threat.I appreciated his explanation of the mechanics of the power grid and why it is vulnerable to attack. It was hard to [...]


    27. I received my free copy of this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Following an ice storm 9 years ago this month, our power was out for almost two weeks, and it was horrible. I can't imagine going the months, maybe years, that Ted Koppel explains will likely happen, in the event of a cyberattack. And that event is mostly a matter of when, not if, if current sources are accurate. Koppel interviews numerous persons in powerful positions who would be the ones to know of our nation's pr [...]


    28. It isn't funny, but rather ironic. I read this book by Koppel about Cyberattacks in December, right before things started to come out about the election. As I listen about how Russia might have interfered in the election, I kept coming back to this well explored book.Koppel has always been an incredible journalist and this is a highly researched book. In short, what happens if a group decides to hack our electrical systems or other systems that are powered by computers and can be remotely access [...]


    29. Thank you for this book I received, Lights Out by Ted Koppel. This book was well written and well researched. I was looking forward to some ideas of what to do to prepare for a cyberattack but that is not this book. This book describes how unprepared we are as a nation, gives many examples of how unprepared we are and then implies we are on our own to solve this issue. He does discuss the Mormons and their preparedness and some preppers who individually arm themselves and store food and water. [...]


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