Planes crash into one another midair. Nuclear power plants go berserk. Railroad crossing gates rise, letting cars pass just as trains whistle by. Thousands are injured or killed. The only connection between these seemingly unrelated events is that the systems controlling them are all Internet-driven.
FBI cryptanalyst forensic examiner John Decker, working at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Northern Virginia, uncovers a deadly plot to sabotage a key US defense contractor. When the plot leads to an old Islamist adversary, long thought dead, Special Agent Decker has no idea he is about to be thrust into a diabolical conspiracy that winds to the heart of our national defense.
In the course of a week, America is paralyzed by a series of devastating cyber-attacks that cripple the nation’s security, financial markets and transportation systems. Assisted by beautiful and brilliant computer expert Xin Liu (Lulu), Decker must unravel the mystery behind whoever – or whatever – is taking over the Net.
Who’s responsible for these deadly cyber-attacks? Is it Jihadists of the Crimson Scimitar cell, led by Decker’s old nemesis, El Aqrab? Is it North Koreans, working out of Dandong, China, instead? Or, is it somebody else altogether?
In this new chilling techno-thriller, international #1 best-selling novelist J.G. Sandom grabs the reader by the nape of the neck and never lets go. An exciting, fast-paced, well-spun yarn of a patriot betrayed by his wife, his friends, his senses and, ultimately, even himself, 404 explores our nation's vulnerability to cyber-attack and how the United States is coping with the twenty-first century struggle to balance the right to privacy with our cyber security.
Former Special Agent Ron Jaco (FBI) said, "Team up with FBI code-breaker John Decker as he tries to stop a mysterious hacker, recently discovered penetrating government defense systems. Now, the cyber villain has set his sights on Decker and his family. As a former Special Agent, I found this novel not only plausible, but riveting and truly alarming. If you care about our nation's cyber-security, you MUST read this book."
- Publisher:Cornucopia Press (November 21, 2014)
- Publication Date:November 21, 2014
- Print Length:331 pages
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- File Size:982 KB
- Enhanced Typesetting:Enabled
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- X-Ray:Not Enabled
- Screen Reader:Supported