Here‚Äôs a plot for new novel ‚Äúripped‚ÄĚ from today‚Äôs headlines. Literally.

RQ-170

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’s 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’s most capable computers.

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