"Imagining a Cyberattack on the Power Grid"

"WASHINGTON — It’s electrifying. Iran and Venezuela want to destroy the United States, so they conspire with a rogue Russian spy to launch a cyberattack on the North American power grid, beginning by electrocuting a lineman in North Dakota. Their main obstacle is a small-town sheriff in the state’s badlands, Nate Osborne, a former Marine Corps lieutenant in Afghanistan whose titanium leg ultimately saves the day."

"That is more or less the plot of 'Gridlock,' co-written by former Senator Byron L. Dorgan, the latest offering in a peculiar Washington genre.

'That’s my little niche, North Dakota energy thriller,' said Mr. Dorgan, a Democrat who represented North Dakota in the Senate and House for more than three decades."

Matthew L. Wald reports for the New York Times September 10, 2013.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013