Thursday, December 25, 2008

U.S. Government Vulnerable to Internet Predators

Loren B. Thompson writes for UPI:

Most Internet users have some awareness of the problem of threats to the entire system from criminals, terrorists and potentially hostile nations, since they encounter it in the form of spyware, viruses and other online nuisances.

However, the most disturbing "cyber" threats are largely invisible to the general public, because they involve attacks on specialized networks used by the armed forces, healthcare professionals, air traffic controllers, financial institutions, public utilities and heavy industry.

Each of these vital components of modern society now relies on Internet Protocol communications to run efficiently, and in most cases the new technology was assimilated without a careful assessment of its vulnerability to attack by outsiders.

A report [.pdf] from the Lexington Institute titled "Hidden Danger: The Threat to America's Networks" provides an overview of the threat to U.S. information networks, especially the networks operated by the federal government.

More here.


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