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Cyberattacks With Offline Damage

WHAT’S virtual is virtual, and what’s real is real. Right? Maybe not. Most experts think of cyberattack as something that will happen in the virtual world, with effects on, say, computer networks or access to bank accounts. Cyberattacks involving the use of online tools against the offline world would be much harder. But a recent paper by a computer security researcher at Johns Hopkins University suggests that there are plenty of gateways that connect the cyberworld with the more familiar terrain that some call “meatspace.” And, since he is a security researcher, he does it by showing the potential for a cunning attack that crosses that gateway. Aviel D. Rubin, the technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University, describes in the paper with two co-authors a real-world attack that uses computers to automate tasks and the power of the Internet to disseminate information. Full Story

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