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#1 Seal

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 09:55 PM

A 60 minute documentary, divided up into 6 parts:
http://www.pbs.org/w.../cyberwar/view/

In "Cyber War!" FRONTLINE investigates a number of cyber attacks that have already occurred in recent years, including "Slammer," which last January took down the Internet in South Korea and affected 911 systems and the banking system in the United States, and the "Nimda" virus that quietly attacked Wall Street in 2001.

FRONTLINE talks to cyber security experts about what these defining wake-up calls reveal about the vulnerabilities of cyberspace. This report also follows efforts by the United States to go on the offensive.

"You cannot defend yourself unless you understand how the offense works. And in so doing, you learn to wage offensives," says John Arquilla, associate professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Arquilla has helped the Department of Defense develop information warfare strategies utilized in the first Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and in the most recent war with Iraq.

But many cyber war experts believe the Internet could be used to launch a major attack on the nation's infrastructure.

"What we found on Al Qaeda computers was that members of Al Qaeda were from outside the United States doing reconnaissance in the United States on our critical infrastructure," says Clarke.



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Posted 04 June 2007 - 09:09 AM

Cool, thanks Seal, thought I'd seen all the docu's.

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:01 PM

I remember this one. It is a little heavy on the real danger of "Al-Qaeda" IMO, but their world class cyber-terror team or lack of exsitence of one is a seperate discussion I suppose. It was pretty cool though with a bunch of big players getting some air time. Frontline is a great program. Too bad more people don't watch it once in a while. Here is another good one that is tech-centric, about the capabilities of the TLA's to capture and sift through the massive amounts of data they are capturing. This one is from this year. http://www.pbs.org/w...homefront/view/

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:18 PM

Thanks. Good watch. Over hyped, but good watch.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:34 PM

these where great videos, and they really show what terrorists employing hackers can do, and its true, you can take down an a country if you kill the internet to a country. you could stop all the power to hospitals, schools, powersystems etc..... scary.

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 12:46 PM

i love it when pbs has some cool stuff on like barnie

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 04:09 PM

"What we found on Al Qaeda computers was that members of Al Qaeda were from outside the United States doing reconnaissance in the United States on our critical infrastructure," says Clarke.


iotw - they were using google




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