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Two things are certain: death and cyber-terrorism
Number of known cyber-terror attacks: zero
(source: White House cyber-terror advisor Richard Clarke 2/13/02)

Number of deaths linked to cyber-terrorism: zero
(source: White House cyber-terror advisor Richard Clarke 2/13/02)

Number of cyber-terror experts killed by physical terrorism:at least 2

  1. Congressional cyber-terror authority Ray Downey 9/11/01; killed in the World Trade Center attack
  2. FBI NIPC cyber-terror analyst Linda Franklin 10/14/02; killed by a terrorist sniper in Washington, D.C.
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First I could see, then I was blind
Number of blackouts in Georgetown (a toney 'burb of Washington, DC) during June 2001: 2 days in a 40-square block area near the Potomac River
(source: Los Angeles Times 6/16/01)

Number of rolling blackouts in the state of California in late spring of 2001: 2 days affected
(source: Los Angeles Times 6/16/01)

Number of blackouts in U.S. caused by hackers or cyber-terrorists since 1996: zero
(source: no media reports; one insinuation by security expert Bruce Schneier was later proved invalid)

Number of times officials from National Security Council or Pentagon have alleged cyber-terrorists will cause blackouts since 1998: more than 50
(source: Crypt Newsletter 1998-2001)

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A pox on both your houses
Number of times a "plague of crickets" in Utah caused governor to appeal to federal government for assistance: one
(source: New York Times 6/18/01)

Estimated cost of Utah's "plague of crickets" in June 2001: $25 million
(source: New York Times 6/18/01)

Estimated cost of the LoveBug (aka ILoveYou) virus: $2.6 - $15 billion
(source: Computer Economics Inc. and Lloyds of London)

Number of times LoveBug virus caused U.S. state governors to appeal to federal government for assistance: zero
(source: no media reports, no urban legends)

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