Mark Russinovich, a senior Microsoft technical employee and creator of the ever popular Sysinternals admin and diagnostic programs has turned to writing fiction. His new book “Zero Day” is a tale of fighting Osama Bin Laden and cyber terrorism in present day times. According to his website:
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.
Publisher’s Weekly gives “Zero Day” a mediocre review on Amazon.com. Claiming that there is not a lot of action and the heroes (Jeff and his love interest Daryl) spend too much time at the keyboard.
Well, seeming most cyberwars will be fought sitting down, I am not sure what people are expecting. And how many writers have recommendations from Bill Gates and White House Cyber Security Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt?