Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

January 25, 2012

Reality Mirrors Fiction

Filed under: CyberKill — Frank Fiore @ 10:05 AM

What’s interesting in writing speculative fiction like Cyberkill, is the times when the book mirrors or predicts reality.

One scene in Cyberkill, describes an AMTRAC train being deliberately sabotaged by hackers hacking into the AMTRAC system leading to hundreds of death. I won’t spoil it here by describing the scene. You’ll have to read the book to find out.

At any rate, just the other day hackers, possibly from abroad, executed an attack on a Northwest rail company’s computers that disrupted railway signals for two days in December, according to the TSA.

On Dec. 1, train service on the unnamed railroad “was slowed for a short while” and rail schedules were delayed about 15 minutes after the interference, stated a Transportation Security Administration summary of a Dec. 20 meeting about the episode obtained by Nextgov. The following day, shortly before rush hour, a “second event occurred” that did not affect schedules, TSA officials added.

“Amtrak and the freight rails needed to have context regarding their information technical centers,” the memo stated. “Cyberattacks were not a major concern to most rail operators” at the time, adding, “the conclusion that rail was affect [sic] by a cyberattack is very serious.”

Grab a copy of CyberKill (print, digital, enhanced ebook app) and see what other possibilities speculated in my book are on the horizon.




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