Unprepared for cyberattacks?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Forum' started by HardwareHeaven, May 17, 2002.

  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

    People with knowledge of national intelligence briefings say that little has
    been done to protect the country against a cyberattack. Senator Jon Kyl
    (R-Ariz.) says: "It's a big threat, because it is easy to do and can cause
    great harm," and vulnerable U.S. targets are said to include the Centers for
    Disease Control and Prevention; FedWire, the money-movement clearing system
    maintained by the Federal Reserve Board; computer systems that operate
    water-treatment plants or that run electrical grids and dams; facilities
    that control the flow of information over the Internet; the nation's
    communications network, including telephone and 911 call centers; and air
    traffic control, rail and public transportation systems. Rep. Jane Harman
    (D-Calif.) says: "What I fear is the combination of a cyberattack
    coordinated with more traditional terrorism, undermining our ability to
    respond to an attack when lives are in danger." (USA Today 6 May 2002;
    NewsScan Daily, 7 May 2002)


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