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Resources | Special coverage: USA vs. cyber-terrorism

Stop leaking those idiotic classified cyber-terror reports!
"Did you ever notice how easily reporters could lay their hands on top secret cyber-terror and cyber-war documents from the U.S. government?" Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger asked. "Well, I've got good news for anyone who despises hysteria. It'll sound facetious when I say it, but -- the media's lofty access to top secret cyber-terror and cyber-war information ended in mid-2003." The Pentagon's #2 man ordered everyone to stop leaking classified documents (e.g. cyber-terror and cyber-war reports) to the media...
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We can't take 'cyber-war' or 'cyber-terrorism' seriously until...
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger insists we can't take "cyber-war" or "cyber-terrorism" seriously until certain people agree to take on the roles of Billy Mitchell, Phillip Meilinger, Edward R. Murrow, Aldrich Ames, Saddam Hussein, and Osama bin Laden...
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Robert Vamosi flip-flops on ''electronic Pearl Harbor''
ZDNet senior editor Robert Vamosi claims an "electronic Pearl Harbor" already happened. Or it will happen. Or it won't happen. It's hard to tell when you're quoting Vamosi...
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Cyber-terror caught on film -- let's caption the photo!
A Russian tabloid published a story on the looming threat of "cyber-terrorism." The story included a photo of "Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev" using a laptop in a woodland area. Vmyths asked readers to caption the photo for everyone's amusement...
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Operation Internet Freedom
Would you like to see how we're doing in the global war against cyber-terrorism? Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger -- the only computer security journalist on Earth to report from the front lines in Iraq -- snapped photos and wrote essays for a multi-part series on the "horrors" of cyber-terrorism...
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Security analysts dismiss fears of terrorist hackers
"Despite growing government concern that al Qaeda and its allies may try to use computers to disrupt electrical power grids, transportation systems and emergency communication networks, many experts on terrorism and computer security are skeptical about the overall menace of cyber-terrorism. 'The notion that somebody armed with a laptop in Peshawar, Pakistan, could bring down California's power grid is pretty far-fetched,' said Kevin Terpstra, communications director for the California Department of Information Technology, an agency responsible for assessing the security of the state's computer systems... Cyber-terrorism has become one of the hottest buzzwords among national security officials, especially since the Sept. 11 attacks. The subject has been the topic of numerous legislative hearings in Washington, D.C., and more than 560 newspaper and magazine articles using the term have been published in the past year alone..."
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Web magazine publishes, retracts worm cyberterror hoax
"In a bizarre case of one journalist deceiving another, an Internet news site published -- then embarrassingly retracted -- a story [written by Computerworld journalist Dan Verton] that claimed a radical Islamic group was behind a virus-like attack that clogged the Internet. A four-year staff writer for Computerworld and a former Marine intelligence analyst, Verton thought he had a scoop and wrote a splashy story that said [a cyber-terrorist] had acknowledged releasing 'the Slammer worm as part of a 'cyber jihad' aimed at creating fear and uncertainty on the Internet.' But [the cyber-terrorist] was really Brian McWilliams, 43, a free-lance journalist in Durham, N.H., whose employers include Salon.com and Wired. McWilliams said he had duped Verton because he wanted to teach reporters 'to be more skeptical of people who claim they're involved in cyberterrorism'..."
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SCADA Al Qaeda
""The media displays a very strong fetish for stories about Al Qaeda cyber-terrorism," Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger observes. "You can't steal cable or read a fishwrapper without seeing references to 'cyber-war' and 'cyber-terrorism.' And you can't listen to a fearmonger without hearing a breathless reference to the dire threat of 'SCADA'..."
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Duct tape your laptop!
DHS secre­tary Tom Ridge insists "we will pay as much atten­tion to the Inter­net as we do phys­ical [terrorism]." So Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger visited www.ready.gov to learn how to pro­tect his lap­top from Osama bin Virus. Sadly, the government's high-profile website doesn't tell you how to shield your loved ones from those dastardly cyber-terrorists Ridge fears so much...
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How to Survive a Cyber-Terror Attack
The Department of Homeland Security created "www.ready.gov" to teach every American how to survive a terrorist attack. But they didn't offer any survival tips for cyber-terrorism. The folks at ImNotReady.com stepped in with all the facts you need...
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