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Panel: Terrorists won't hit Internet

The cyberterrorism threat is overstated — terrorists won’t strike the Internet because bombs are more effective, an expert panel agreed Friday. “Cyberterrorism is largely overblown,” Bruce Schneier, founder and chief technical officer of Counterpane Internet Security in Cupertino, California , said speaking in a panel on cyberterrorism at the CeBIT technology trade show in Hanover, Germany . “I don’t see a cyberattack as a terror attack of choice. Dropping ATM networks and shutting down e-mail is not terrorism. If I can’t get to my e-mail for a day I am not terrorized. We are many years away from somebody being able to launch large-scale electronic attacks that have the effects of a bomb,” Schneier said. Other panelists, executives from security software vendors RSA Security and Trend Micro and representatives from the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), agreed. They blame the U.S. government, certain IT vendors and the media for creating cyberterrorism angst. Full Story

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