I have been an Information Technology expert since 1962 and have experienced all levels of attempted Cyber terrorism, including my testing and infiltrating of corporate computer security levels of companies where I have worked.
My writing credits include an Information Technology book published by Prentice-Hall entitled “A Modern Guide To EDP Design And Analysis Techniques”, and more than two-dozen computer related articles published in several maga-zines, including Computer World. I have written several plays and radio scripts that have been produced by community thea-ters. I won several writing awards that include Writer's Digest, Manuscripts International, and while attending college.
My undergrad degree is from De Paul University, Chicago, in History/Political Science. My graduate degree is from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, in Business Management.
The Cyber Terrorist Incidentby Robert Walsh
Universal-World News Services…LEWISTON, ME - A serious malfunction in a vital Defense Department’s computer system link rendered twenty-four long-range missiles inoperative early this morning. General Rollings was quoted, "If a nuclear war had broken out at that moment we all would be dead today!” All defense sites are being
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Universal-World News Services…LEWISTON, ME - A serious malfunction in a vital Defense Department’s computer system link rendered twenty-four long-range missiles inoperative early this morning. General Rollings was quoted, "If a nuclear war had broken out at that moment we all would be dead today!” All defense sites are being scrutinized for the possibility of similar computer malfunction problems...(A fiction excerpt from my novel)
Arizona Republic…Germany – Germany is planning to create a national cyber defense center in reaction to a growing number of cyber attacks on government institutions that mostly originate in China…there were already 1,600 in the first half of 2010…
The story fictionalizes what subversive, corporate cyber terrorists, if not held in check, can do to our government and corporate America. It diagrams the cutting edge technology of cyber terrorism and how it can bring our nation to its knees if we don’t control and eliminate it at its inception. We are rapidly approaching that crisis scenario in the United States. The story takes place within a ten-day time frame. The novel is not science fiction. It is reality.
The story opens when Grant Kowalski, an Information Technology genius, receives a computer related distress call at one-thirty in the morning informing him that one of his highly secure, government systems failed. He had no way of knowing cyber terrorists were attempting to infiltrate and take over his corporation’s top secret database systems. After extensive research he and his staff discover that terrorists had formulated plans to infiltrate and control not only his corporation’s systems, but virtually every major corporate and government database in the United States, including control of two nuclear power plant sites. Grant knew his staff had the skills and expertise to put a stop to the terrorist organization, but after extensive work he was having difficulty finding the terrorist’s digital fingerprint that would enable him to electronically track, infiltrate and control their terrorist’s database.
As the story progresses, the cyber terrorist organization is successful with their planned takeover and possible detonation of a small nuclear reactor in Arkansas.
The CIA, under the President’s authority, commandeers Grant’s technical services and informs him that the cyber terrorists have also taken control of the three nuclear powered reactors in Phoenix, Arizona. The reactors will be detonated in less than twenty-four hours if the United States does not comply with their outrageous demands. Grant is told that the public will not be informed of the impending disaster and the President will not meet the terrorist’s demands under any conditions. The CIA Director, acting on the President’s orders, will provide Grant with any government or military resources that he may need to restore control to Phoenix’s technical staff and the on-site Nuclear Regulatory Commission before thousands of Phoenix’s citizens are slaughtered.
Successfully infiltrating and controlling the cyber terrorist’s primary database, and restoring nuclear reactor control in a twenty-four hour timeframe, is a task that Grant hopes he and his staff can accomplish. He doesn’t want innocent lives on his conscience for the rest of his life.
- R. Patrick Walsh
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