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Ted Koppel: Apocalypse likely

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    Ted Koppel, the legendary anchor of ABC TV’s “Nightline” from 1980-2005, doesn’t want to be accused of stoking national panic through a cyber doomsday scenario.

    “I didn’t traffic in hysteria then, and I’m not starting now,” he says in a promotional video for his new book, “Lights Out.”

    “But the Internet can be used as a weapon of mass destruction, and our electric power grids are a target – that’s a fact,” he says.

    [ ALSO ON CSO: Read our Q&A with Ted Koppel on his book ]

    Those facts, however, won’t end the ongoing debate within the cybersecurity community about whether, as Koppel’s book asserts, an attack on the U.S. power grid could take a portion of it down for months or even a year or more, affecting tens of millions of people. It will probably amplify it, which could be a good thing.

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