Cyberterrorism


The world today is reaping the rewards of the technological wonders of the computer as well as suffering the effects of various computer crimes. The computer crimes committed in cyberspace are wide ranging. One such crime is the so-called Cyberterrorism.

Cyberterrorism is no longer just a fantasy concocted by our movie lords or by our paranoid populace. It is already a fact. Cyberterrorism could be far more devastating than a biological or chemical warfare. While there is yet no major incident of Cyberterrorism - this is no reason to be complacent or to believe that Cyberterrorism is just a passing nightmare by people with fertile imagination or a threat confined to the human mind.

In the physical world, terrorists normally target political leaders for assassination; or to take hostages; and in worse cases, conduct random attacks on public government facilities. Today, the havoc resulting by electronically attacking computer networks would be more devastating. And this situation becomes more real as we depend more on computers to operate our electrical systems, telecommunications, gas and oil storage, transportation, water supply services and other related emergency services like ambulances, police, firefighters and other rescue personnel - and even our military facilities. To illustrate: The military has the potential now to wage a war just by sitting at a computer considering the advance and sophisticated guiding and information gathering capability of computers.

In the same way that nations have the capacity to wage war just by sitting at a computer, nations are now more vulnerable to attack because of the advance technologies of computers as applied to our military facilities. Computer experts are now bragging that the sophisticated and advanced computer technology that we have today has the capability to wipe out the commercial, military as well as the civilian infrastructure of a nation.

The awesome danger of computer technology in the field of Cyberterrorism is that that terrorists can easily set a bomb by remote control; or knock out the air traffic control; computers resulting in collision; or they can hack computers in military networks and obtain military secrets. Consider for example a scenario where cyber terrorists attack the more than 2. …

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