. . . one of the real-life inspirations for Puppet Master.
CANCUN, Mexico — In 2009, one or more prestigious researchers received a CD by mail that contained pictures and other materials from a recent scientific conference they attended in Houston. The scientists didn't know it then, but the disc also delivered a malicious payload developed by a highly advanced hacking operation that had been active since at least 2001. The CD, it seems, was tampered with on its way through the mail.Story.
I suspect that the real life intrigue, in this case at least, is even more mind-blowing than fiction can ever be.
(There's not much hacking in book 1; more in book 2 and beyond. You can preorder here.)