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Zero Day

Zero Day S. Hussain Zaidi

English 2022

Paperback 224



Harper Collins Mumbai is in a state of chaos. All the traffic signals across the city have stopped working.

Shahwaz Ali Mirza, head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, receives an anonymous email that claims it was a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by the sender who calls himself Muntaqim (The Avenger), and more such attacks are to happen soon. He quickly puts together a crack team that includes his protégé, IG Cybercrime Vikrant Singh, and Major Shaina Verma of the National Security Guard. and gets to work trawling the dark web for more information on this mystery attack.
Meanwhile, an angadia courier mysteriously jumps to his death when chased by the Railway police and far away in Pathankot, there are signs of a major attack being planned.
A move by Vikrant and Mirza to bring forward the hacker backfires, leading to a second, bigger attack on Mumbai’s lifeline, the railway system.

It is their first brush with cyberterrorism: a zero-day vulnerability in the Indian government’s system that could bring the country to its knees. But Muntaqim has a weapon in store that is even bigger…

In Zero Day, racing against time and investigating a case unlike any other, Mirza and Vikrant face the most dangerous mission of their lives. Before becoming a writer, publisher, producer, scriptwriter and mentor to new talent, S. Hussain Zaidi was a journalist for over twenty years. He started his career with the Asian Age and the Indian Express before moving on to Mid-Day and Mumbai Mirror as editor (investigations). He bid adieu to journalism in 2016.
His first book, Black Friday, was made into a critically acclaimed film by director Anurag Kashyap. His documentation of the Mumbai mafia in books such as Dongri to Dubai, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, My Name Is Abu Salem and Byculla to Bangkok are considered some of the finest pieces of investigative journalism. His mastery over terrorism-related research is reflected in Black Friday, Headley and I and Mumbai Avengers. Mumbai Avengers was the first fiction title that Zaidi experimented with. The book was adapted into a Hindi film, Phantom, starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif and directed by Kabir Khan.
Zaidi was also associate producer for the documentary Terror in Mumbai, along with Dan Reed for HBO, based on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The movie was widely acclaimed and won a series of awards. While Class of ’83, based on his book by the same name, produced by Shah Rukh Khan, is already streaming on Netflix, a web series based on Dongri to Dubai being produced by Farhan Akhtar is soon to be released on Amazon Prime Video.
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