Magazine article Security Management

How 9-11 Affected the Internet. (Tech Talk)

Magazine article Security Management

How 9-11 Affected the Internet. (Tech Talk)

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The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, caused tremendous damage to the communications infrastructure located in and around the lower Manhattan area. But despite the destruction, there was relatively little impact on the infrastructure of the Internet, states a new hook from the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Academies, which advises the federal government on scientific and technological matters.

While the effects of the terrorist attacks on the Internet were small--for example, high user demand forced Internet service providers (ISPs) to reduce the complexity of some Web pages and reallocate computing resources--the experience may not be a good indicator of "how well an individual ISP (and its customers) would fare in an attack targeted specifically to that ISP," says the book. The authors nevertheless conclude that the Internet's resilience after the terrorist attacks of 9-U "underscored its adaptability in the face of infrastructure damage and the demands imposed by a crisis. …

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