The Cuting Edge: Cyber War!
In the aftermath of September 11, as most intelligence gathering shifted to finding Al Qaeda cells throughout the world, one group at the White House decided to investigate a new threat – attacks from cyberspace. In CYBER WAR!, screening on SBS on Tuesday, 6th May at 8.30 pm, Richard Clarke, former chairman of the White House Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, and other insiders talk about a set of warriors who are fighting on a new American battlefield – cyberspace. In this one-hour report Frontline investigates how vulnerable the Internet is to both virtual and physical attack. “In the past, you would count the number of bombers and the number of tanks your enemy had. In the case of cyberwar, you really can’t tell whether the enemy has good weapons until the enemy uses them,” says Richard Clarke. “The thing that keeps me awake at night is the thought of a physical attack on a US infrastructure…combined with a cyberattack which disrupts the ability of first responders to access 911 systems,” says Ron Dick, former head of the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Centre. The issue of cyberwar first began to command urgent White House attention after a distinguished group of scientists wrote an open letter to the President following the Al Qaeda attacks. Full Story