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Giuliani, Netanyahu and Woolsey speak out on terror and technology

In a series of speeches this week, two well-known political figures and a former CIA director warned of the dangers of inaction and lack of preparedness when it comes to cyberterrorism and homeland security. “We’re in a very dangerous century. The power of the few to terrorize the many has grown by leaps and bounds precisely because of technology,” former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during an interview broadcast Tuesday as part of the Terror and Technology Online conference, sponsored by IDPartners LLC. “A few people can deliver a lot of damage,” said Netanyahu, referring specifically to the threat of cyberterrorism, or the ability of international terrorist organizations to physically destroy key cyberbased infrastructures or attack those infrastructures using the Internet. When asked what can be done to meet the threat, Netanyahu’s answer offered a stark contrast to the current thinking by the Bush administration, which has been committed to a nonregulatory approach to cybersecurity and critical-infrastructure protection in the private sector. “The only way you can deal with it is through security systems and security norms that are enforced by governments,” said Netanyahu. Full Story

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