Ted Koppel - Lights Out

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Brian Copeland

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of CA

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In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America's power grid is not only possible but likely and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.  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. 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. In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands. However the critical question is how will ordinary civilians survive? With urgency and authority, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

Ted Koppel, a thirty-seven-year veteran of ABC News, has been anchor of Nightline since March 1980. He has won every significant television award, including thirty-two Emmys, six Peabodys, nine Overseas Press Club awards, two George Polk Awards, and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Before creating Nightline, he was a foreign, domestic, and war correspondent and bureau chief for ABC, and its chief diplomatic correspondent. He is the author, with Marvin Kalb, of In the National Interest. He lives with his wife in Maryland.

Brian Copeland is an American actor, comedian, radio talk show host, playwright and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Copeland has been the opening act for artists such as Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Ringo Starr.


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ISBN: 9780553419962
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 27th, 2015

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.