New Thriller Written by Concord Residents
A CATASTROPHIC CYBER ATTACK COULD BE HEADED FOR AMERICA
You wake up one morning and your bank account is inaccessible—you can’t pay for so much as a cup of coffee. You can’t get your prescriptions filled and even if you did, you have no way of knowing if they’ve been contaminated. Every form of communication is down. Trucks can’t get through endless miles of gridlock to deliver food. Even if they could get the public utilities back online, you have no way of knowing if the water has been polluted. Sound like science fiction or an episode of Revolution?
HIDING IN SUNSHINE (Author House; 2012), John and Caitlin Stuart’s tautly realistic thriller, paints a chilling picture of what could actually happen if there was a cyber-attack on the physical infrastructure and banking system in America, and what happens when an American family is robbed of their identity. John and Caitlin are pseudonyms to protect the authors’ privacy. John is a high-tech internet and telecom entrepreneur who co-authored the book with his daughter, Caitlin.
Although HIDING IN SUNSHINE is a work of fiction, the events it depicts are based on real threats to our national security. A recent op-ed in the New York Times warned that a cyber Pearl Harbor is indeed possible. A major cyber attack could shut down the power grid and cripple our infrastructure. An attack at rush hour could claim lives and make the power failure following super storm Sandy look like a mere inconvenience. Attacks on our financial institutions could cripple Wall Street and cause an economic crisis far worse than the meltdown of 2008. Air traffic controllers would be unable to guide aircraft; hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and water supplies would be compromised.
Most frightening is contemplating the potential that lies in wait. If Iran with its limited technical talent pool and lack of computing resources could deliver serious damage to a Saudi Arabian oil company and marginally impact banks in the U.S., think about the damage that rogue elements in China or Russia could accomplish with those countries’ large number of math and computer science Ph.D.s.