Community Paper Presentation #3 Leann Daddario & Chris
Community Question • Are computer hacks legitimate political activities? • Is it a good way to express dislike or anger over the actions of a politician or government agency, or is it just garden variety vandalism, the equivalent of spray painting something on the wall of a public building? • Is it civil disobedience to take down a site and is it effective?
IT attacks cost corporations and governments cost millions of dollars. • Terrorists are attacking under the name of: • politics • religion • Anti corporate beliefs
The Internet is used for business • Cyber-terrorism only serves to increase public skepticism and caution no matter what the alleged reasoning of the terrorist may be. • Vital information is being shared • Social security numbers • Credit card numbers • Home addresses • Bank account numbers
Hacking can be seen as a relatively safe method of terrorism • Air Tran/ValuJet hacking example • Air Tran lost millions because of the crash • Hacking the website further debilitated reconstruction • Cyber terrorism is harmful but preferable to physical attacks
Comparing Hacking Incidents • RSA Security, Library of Congress and the Air Force were all hacked into • Hacked our of personal vendetta or mere vandal humor • Hacking is the equivalent to a random act of vandalism • Expensive to prevent and repair • These costs are passed onto the consumer or taxpayer
Internet Terrorism is effective for protest, retaliation and destruction, but serves no cause • Hurts consumers in the long run • Hard to prevent • Will slow down with the advent of safer technology