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Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted KoppelIn 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, 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.
Yesterday, three days after the news broke that ABC wanted to replace his news program with Mr. Letterman's talk show, Mr. Koppel was lying low at his home in Maryland, assessing how much damage might have been done to ''Nightline'' and deciding how to respond to the corporate insult. The landscape does not look pretty. Even if Mr. Letterman elects to stay with CBS, and there were signs that he will, Mr.
Edward James Martin Koppel born February 8, is a British-born American broadcast journalist , best known as the anchor for Nightline , from the program's inception in until Before Nightline , he spent twenty years as a broadcast journalist and news anchor for ABC. After becoming host of Nightline , he was regarded as one of the most "outstanding" of the serious-minded interviewers on American television. Five years after its debut the show had a nightly audience of some seven and a half million viewers. His career as foreign and diplomatic correspondent earned him numerous awards, including nine Overseas Press Club awards and twenty-five Emmy Awards. Koppel, an only child, was born in Nelson , England. To help the British economy, the Home Secretary invited him and his wife to move the factory to Lancashire , England , where, he was promised, they would be protected in the event of war.
Listen Listening Ted Koppel was the host of Nightline , the groundbreaking TV news program that chronicled the Iran hostage crisis day after day, starting in late Koppel recently sat down with Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser to discuss the state of journalism today. And it makes me wonder: has the role of journalism, what reporters do and how they do it, changed, in your view? It has and let me refer you back to a conversation I had with Donald Trump in Cleveland on the day that he received the Republican nomination. And his point was that he was able to communicate directly without any sort of intervention by the media.
News anchor Ted Koppel and other citizens voice dismay over society's shrinking privacy.
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Andrew Koppel, age 40, was declared dead around a. The cause of his death has not yet been determined, but no evidence indicated criminality, police said. He lived in Queens with his girlfriend and young daughter. Ted Koppel was the anchor of Nightline from its inception in until Koppel worked as managing editor for the Discovery Channel before resigning in All rights reserved. Ted Koppel and his wife Grace Anne Dorney Koppel released the following statement: "Our son, Andrew, was a brilliant, caring man, whose loss we will mourn for the rest of our lives.