Computer security officials discount chances of 'digital Pearl Harbor'
The notion that the cyberterrorism against the United States could create a “digital Pearl Harbor” is fading faster than the stock prices of dot-com startups did at the start of the decade, three computer-security experts agreed on Tuesday. “The first time I saw the phrase ‘digital Pearl Harbor’ was 1995,” Jim Lewis, a Clinton administration technology policy official now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said during a keynote panel discussion at an information security summit. “There have been more than 1,800 international terrorist attacks” since then. “But you haven’t seen the big headlines” about cyberterrorism during the comparable period, he added. “Just as you had had inflated stock valuations, you had inflated valuations of risk.” Full Story