Cyber Terrorism: A Threat to the United States

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This original product provides perspective and understanding of the nature and capacity of an emerging threat against the United States. This assists federal, state, local and tribal government agencies and authorities, and other entities develop priorities for protective measures and understanding relating to an existing or emerging threat to the national security of the United States.

Key Terms:

- Cyber Terrorism: “Any premeditated, politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programs, and data which results in the violence against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine groups.”

A cyber terrorism attack is designed to inflict physical violence or financial destruction. Possible cyber terrorist targets include banking facilities, military bases, power plants, air traffic control centers and water systems.

- Cyber Attack: “An assault against a computer system or network.”

A cyber attack has the potential to create extreme economic damage that is out of proportion to the low cost of initiating the attack. A successful cyber attack targets vulnerable computers, forcing them to malfunction or become disabled, whereby businesses, financial institutions, medical institutions and government agencies are not able to use them.

Key Question(s)

* Could cyber terrorism be the next threat to the national security of the United States?

- What is the background of cyber terrorism? What can the past tell about cyber terrorism and its threat to the United States?

- What effect can cyber terrorism have on the United States?

- What is the likelihood of a cyber terrorism attack? Are critical infrastructures vulnerable to an attack and are te...

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