The Dangers of Cyber-Terrorism Essay

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In the future, cyber crime will become the leading threat to the safety and security of the American people. Experts on cyber crime agree that cyber crime is an issue that needs to be focused on more in-depth because the wide-spread use of computers by the global economy has made the use of computers and internet vital to everyday life (Siegel, 2009; FBI, 2011). There are 3 major types of cyber crime which includes: cyber fraud, cyber vandalism, and cyber terrorism (Seigel, 2009; Thio, 2010). Cyber terrorism, the more dangerous of the 3, is defined as the use of digital equipment to bring down a country by tapping into its computer based programs and dismantling its infrastructure which includes but not limited to: banking networks, air …show more content…
Gabriel Wiemann, a researcher on cyber crime, suggests that cyber-terrorism is an attractive option for modern-day terrorists because they can be anonymous, it has the potential to inflict mass harm, and it has a huge psychological impact and media appeal to its intended targets (Wiemann, 2004). Secondly, another problem of cyber terrorism is its easy accessibility. Many computer hacking software are easy to use and available for free on the internet because many free software hackers make them and put them out like a “how to guide” on how to perform such attacks (Denning, 2000). The most common use of software hacking is when the perpetrators install worms and viruses on computers as a means to shut down monetary sites in order to cause a mass disruption of the daily business practices of America (Denning, 2000). CNN Money conducted a one-week series where they raised the awareness for thee potential of cyber terrorism. In one report, Hackers from China’s state-owned internet company re routed internet traffic from the US servers through its servers, and also top government officials have had

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