Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
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An airliner's controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction.

At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who quit in disgust after witnessing the gross errors that led up to 9/11, thinks otherwise. Jeff fears a more serious attack targeting the United States computer infrastructure is already under way. And as other menacing computer malfunctions pop up around the world, some with deadly results, he realizes that there isn't much time if he hopes to prevent an international catastrophe.

Written by a global authority on cyber security, Zero Day presents a chilling "what if" scenario that, in a world completely reliant on technology, is more than possible today---it's a cataclysmic disaster just waiting to happen.

 

About Mark Russinovich

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MARK RUSSINOVICH works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's senior-most technical position. A cofounder of Winternals, he joined Microsoft when the company was acquired in 2006. He is author of the popular Sysinternals tools as well as coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. His first Jeff Aiken novel, Zero Day, was published in 2011. He lives in Washington State. Learn more at www.trojanhorsethebook.com.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Working with the beautiful IT manager of a targeted New York law firm and an equally attractive old acquaintance in the field now working out of Homeland Security, Jeff penetrates codes and tries to devise effective defenses.

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Microsoft computer guru Russinovich's first novel, a cautionary tale about the imminence of the great cyber attack to wipe out the Internet, works pretty well as a thriller, though it takes a while to boot up and for the bodies to begin to fall.

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Mark Russinovich takes his knowledge of computer systems and designs a taut thriller that should scare more than a few geeks.

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Russinovich is co-author for several books in the Windows Internals book series, as well as a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine and Windows IT Pro Magazine.

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There was a time when a computer was just that thing on your desk at work or the giant monstrosity locked away in an air conditioned room in the basement.

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Examiner

Recently released, “Zero Day” by Mark Russinovich tells the story of a post-9/11 cyber attack on the U.S. Jeff Aiken, the main character (presumably based somewhat on the author himself) is called in to work on a virus in a law firm and stumbles upon something bigger.

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It seems, according to Mark Russinovich to be a warning to businesses, government, and computer professionals that cyberwar is and will be our next war, with implications far beyond what the experts usually predict!

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