Here‚Äôs a plot for new novel ‚Äúripped‚ÄĚ from today‚Äôs headlines. Literally.
So the news stories tell us that America has a super Secret drone that it uses to collect intelligence information called the RQ-170.¬†¬† It is so secret that no picture of it has ever been released.¬† Then one day, Iran claims it has shot down one of these drones flying in its airspace.¬† The United States admits it has a drone missing, but denies it has been shot down.¬† Iran shows the drone on international television, with President Ahmadinejad claiming they have been able to ‚Äúcontrol‚ÄĚ it.¬† The United States demands to have it back, but Iran claims it now belongs to Iran, and they are entitled to an apology from the United States.¬† The capture of this drone is a setback to the United States; the drone gives Iran (and others?¬† China?¬† North Korea?) access to our latest stealth and radar technology.
Now let‚Äôs make it into a spy novel: The United States is very concerned about the Iranian nuclear weapons program that is rapidly approaching a deployable bomb.¬† Unwilling to conduct conventional war to stop it (which would also probably not succeed), the Americans come up with something much more clever.¬† Knowing that Iran is vulnerable to computer viruses (like the Stuxnet virus that originated as a joint Israeli/US program that infected the Iranian uranium enrichment plants¬† and caused their centrifuges to overspeed, ruining a fifth of them), they devise a new scheme to infect Iran‚Äôs most capable computers.