Cyber-terrorism Essay

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"It is now clear that cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation," President Obama has said in one of his addresses to the nation. He would go on the say that "We know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness." (Net Security.org, 2009) When the president of the United States puts this much emphasis into a subject it shows how important it is and how big of an impact it could have on the nation. The United States is very dependent on digital networks due to the fact that almost everything is controlled by computers. Terrorist organizations and hostile countries are aware of this and an …show more content…
This means that it may be close to impossible to prove who or what powers were behind it. Cyberspace anonymous attacks can be done through botnets and “zombie” computer systems. This makes network security interesting because it is hard to stop an attack if you don’t know where it will come from.

As mentioned before, America must be prepared for a cyber war, but how soon could it happen? Enemies of the U.S. or terrorists must have the needed capabilities to carry out such cyber attacks. According to James A. Lewis, Center for the Strategic and International Studies, he estimates that at this time only China, Russia, Israel, the UK, France, and U.S are the only nations capable of launching advanced cyber attacks. Therefore, many of the cybercriminals and terrorists do not have the necessary capabilities…yet. Lewis also predicts that as few as three years these capabilities will start hitting the black market for these criminals to get their hands on. As noted earlier, cyber attacks have the availability of concealment. Because of this it is believed that cyber criminals will become the mercenaries of the cyber world and would work for enemy nations. In the case of a cyber war, the US definitely has the capabilities to reciprocate, but what makes it so dangerous is that we have more to lose than the enemy country. We have woven the internet and networks

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