Nature of Crimes
Crimes of the Future
CyberTerrorism is not...
A great deal of "cracks" are committed for the purposes of anarchy, humor,
or as often stated by the perpetrators, "to be annoying." However, is this
the mindset of a CyberTerrorist? Does the CyberTerrorist make a garage
door go up and down? Does he change an Internet web site to say a
country's government is evil? Does he hack into a major corporation's
voice mail system to make long distance calls? No - that is not the domain
of the CyberTerrorist - that is the domain of the amateur cracker
community that exists worldwide.
CyberTerrorism is ...
- A CyberTerrorist will remotely access the processing control systems
of a cereal manufacturer, change the levels of iron supplement, and
sicken and kill the children of a nation enjoying their food. That
CyberTerrorist will then perform similar remote alterations at a
processor of infant formula. The key: the CyberTerrorist does not have to
be at the factory to execute these acts.
- A CyberTerrorist will place a number of computerized bombs around a
all simultaneously transmitting unique numeric patterns, each
bomb receiving each other's pattern. If bomb one stops transmitting,
all the bombs detonate simultaneously. The keys: 1) the
CyberTerrorist does not have to be strapped to any of these bombs;
2) no large truck is required; 3) the number of bombs and urban
dispersion are extensive; 4) the encrypted patterns cannot be
predicted and matched through alternate transmission; and 5) the
number of bombs prevents disarming them all simultaneously. The
bombs will detonate.
- A CyberTerrorist will disrupt the banks, the international financial
transactions, the stock exchanges. The key: the people of a country
will lose all confidence in the economic system. Would a
CyberTerrorist attempt to gain entry to the Federal Reserve building
or equivalent? Unlikely, since arrest would be immediate.
Furthermore, a large truck pulling along side the building would be
noticed. However, in the case of the CyberTerrorist, the perpetrator
is sitting on another continent while a nation's economic systems
grind to a halt. Destabilization will be achieved.
- A CyberTerrorist will attack the next generation of air traffic
control systems, and collide two large civilian aircraft. This is a
realistic scenario, since the CyberTerrorist will also crack the
aircraft's in-cockpit sensors. Much of the same can be done to the rail
- A CyberTerrorist will remotely alter the formulas of medication at
pharmaceutical manufacturers. The potential loss of life is unfathomable.
- The CyberTerrorist may then decide to remotely change the pressure
in the gas lines, causing a valve failure, and a block of a sleepy
suburb detonates and burns. Likewise, the electrical grid is
becoming steadily more vulnerable.