Does Cyberterrorism Pose a True Threat?
HANOVER, GERMANY -- The cyberterrorism threat is overstated: Terrorists won't strike the Internet because bombs are more effective, an expert panel agreed Friday.
"Cyberterrorism is largely overblown," Bruce Schneier, founder and chief technical officer of Counterpane Internet Security in Cupertino, California, said speaking in a panel on cyberterrorism at the CeBIT technology trade show.
"I don't see a cyberattack as a terror attack of choice. Dropping ATM networks and shutting down e-mail is not terrorism. If I can't get to my e-mail for a day I am not terrorized. We are many years away from somebody being able to launch large-scale electronic attacks that have the effects of a bomb," Schneier said.
Other panelists, executives from security software vendors RSA Security and Trend Micro and representatives from the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, agreed. They blame the U.S. government, certain IT vendors, and the media for
"Terrorists will use the Internet to communicate, which is different from an attack. We do not see a terrorist attack on the Internet happening," Rainer Fahs, senior information security engineer of NATO's Air Command & Control Systems Management Agency said.
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Panelists had this to say about those warnings:
NATO's Fahs understands the U.S. government's reasoning, but warned that civil liberties may be at stake because of a push against a threat that is not actually there.
"This is something that was created and I think there is a big risk that the liberty of people will be sacrificed for the sake of security," Fahs said.
The panelists' opinions match a Symantec survey released last month that found that cyberterrorism is more fear than reality. None of the severe events