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Cyber Attacks a Concern

Cyber-terrorism is a buzz-word that entails both fear and uncertainty. The FBI calls cyber-terrorism a “premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs and data which results in violence against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” Some academic sources see it as specifically related to the furtherance of social or political objectives. Others say any act against information mechanisms is cyber-terrorism. The most extreme concern for combating cyber-terrorism is that through the use of a keyboard, a cyber-terrorist could enact considerable damage to institutional infrastructures. For instance, some fear a cyber-terrorist could disrupt the communications of major financial entities, thereby causing the economy to collapse. There also is concern cyber-terrorists could shut down the Internet or substantially interfere with the use of oil, gas, power grids, telecommunications and emergency services. The concern is that vital systems are subject to the whimsy of a malevolent hacker. Full Story

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