Ted Koppel is more than just a broadcasting icon: he is the author of a new book, Lights Out, which details with terrifying skill our
vulnerability to cyberattacks on the electrical grid and the chaos such attacks would inevitably cause. Here, he explains how we can
prepare for grid attacks and the role new media plays in keeping us politically divided on this important issue — a reminder of the need
for well-informed journalism with an appetite for deep stories and the ability to convey them.
Octavian Report: How high do you think cyberattacks on the electrical grid rank on the list of threats the U.S. currently faces?
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Ted Koppel, a 42-year veteran of ABC News, was anchor and managing editor of Nightline from 1980 to 2005.