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It's obvious when you compare the two (part 3)

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Tuesday, 20 May 2003

[continued from part 2] I SAID IT before and I'll say it again. "I would gladly throw away the entire Internet just to reinstall the USS Cole as easily as we reinstall an operating system." It's obvious when you compare these two events:

Name: USS Cole   Name: Nimda virus
Attacked: 12 October 2000   Attacked: 18 September 2001
Highlighted in a PBS "Frontline" special on terrorism: yes   Highlighted in a PBS "Frontline" special on terrorism: yes
Culprit: Al Qaeda   Culprit: identity unknown
Damage toll: $250-275 million   Damage toll: 3-5 times as much as the USS Cole attack
Recovery operations: 11 months   Recovery operations: 5 days
Human casualties: 2 suicide, 17 dead, 39 injured   Human casualties: 0 suicide, 0 dead, 0 injured
Presidential involvement: yes   Presidential involvement: yes
White House point man: Richard Clarke (National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism)   White House point man: Richard Clarke (demoted three weeks later to Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security)
Reward offered: yes   Reward offered: no

Viruses & worms cause "billions of dollars in damage" — each! — yet the U.S. government doesn't care enough to slap a bounty on these perpetrators. In fact, in a number of high-profile cases, the Justice Department launched a global manhunt only to ignore the billion-dollar cyber-attacker once identified. Go figure.

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[continued in part 4]