[lit-ideas] Re: Misunderstanding The information Age



Phil: So we are supposed to believe this braggadocio?

Eric: Well, the beloved President Clinton apparently felt it was worth throwing some money at.


http://www.cnn.com/TECH/specials/hackers/cyberterror/
Bracing for guerrilla warfare in cyberspace
'There are lots of opportunities; that's very scary'

April 6, 1999

By John Christensen
CNN Interactive

(CNN) -- It is June, the children are out of school, and as highways and airports fill with vacationers, rolling power outages hit sections of Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and New York. An airliner is mysteriously knocked off the flight control system and crashes in Kansas.

Parts of the 911 service in Washington fail, supervisors at the Department of Defense discover that their e-mail and telephone services are disrupted and officers aboard a U.S. Navy cruiser find that their computer systems have been attacked.

As incidents mount, the stock market drops precipitously, and panic surges through the population.

Unlikely? Hardly. The "electronic Pearl Harbor" that White House terrorism czar Richard A. Clarke fears is not just a threat, it has already happened.

Much of the scenario above -- except for the plane and stock market crashes and the panic -- occurred in 1997 when 35 hackers hired by the National Security Agency launched simulated attacks on the U.S. electronic infrastructure.

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President Clinton announced in January 1999 a $1.46 billion initiative to deal with U.S. government computer security -- a 40 percent increase over fiscal 1998 spending. Of particular concern is the Pentagon, the military stronghold of the world's most powerful nation.

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