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Paradoxes of CyberWar & Terror

Al-Qaeda needs a stable Internet. A COMBINATION OF power black-out and the latest computer worms has spun up the cybersecurity shills again. We’re almost two years into a post-9/11 world and according to the pundits, we are wide open to Al Queda’s rampaging through our critical infrastructure. My question is: What’s taking the CyberJihad so long? The world has been waiting with bated breath for the recent round of worms and viruses, so last week’s events weren’t a surprise. Despite many warnings, MSBlast nailed Air Canada, Maryland’s motor vehicle admin, and various other computer clusters around the globe. And the FBI and Homeland Defense are trying to hunt down the author of the latest SoBig virus. “We can’t keep up with the latest patches,” whine the MIS/DP people. “It’s Microsoft’s fault.” They don’t say that they told their bosses to switch to Macs or Linux as a (somewhat) more secure solution, but that’s another story for a different day. Instead, people patched last week and Al Queda has one less opportunity to raise hell through the Internet. And from last week’s SoBig propagation, it’s pretty easy to distribute a virus because there are plenty of stupid people who still haven’t learned to filter email. Full Story

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