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==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
  
This informational document supplements the basic terrorism handbook and
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This report is part of a supplement to a larger terrorism primer, A Military Guide to Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. This report offers highly detailed analysis of issues surrounding the proliferation of cyber terrorism, its history, the tactics used to recruit via the web, and the motivations behind the use of cyberterrorism.  With the transition of information technology from tools of convenience to ones of necessity, theses systems have become high value targets for terrorists, and even nation states, seeking to affect or economic and national security.  This report highlights the significance of information technologies in two ways.  First, it reiterates the CIA’s position that the “IT revolution represents the most significant global transformation since the Industrial Revolution.”  Second, the report offers a glimpse simply at the Department of Defense’s reliance on network systems, exhibited by the more than three million individual computers on 12,000 local area networks (LANs). Referring to the global networks of net works as the Global Information Grid (GIG), the report concludes that more than 40 nations have openly expressed interest in the development of sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities. This alone presents a real danger to our national security; however, this threat is further compounded by the inclusion of “transnational and domestic criminal organizations, hacker groups who sympathize with our enemies, terrorist organizations (evidenced by forensic analysis of captured computers) and ‘insiders’ who support our enemies.”  The report offers that there is a growing danger among these groups as the convergence between terrorists and criminal continues and as the groups recognize the potential asymmetrical power cyber warfare offers. 
supports operational missions, institutional training, and professional military education
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for U.S. military forces in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). This document
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Divided into sections, this report examines:
provides an introduction to Cyber Terrorism, and addresses the history of the phenomena,
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how terrorist organizations recruit, the motivations behind use of the tactic,
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* Cyber Support to Terrorist Operations – the use of the Internet Technologies as a force multiplier; realized through planning, recruiting, propaganda, and operational research
characteristics of Cyber Terrorism, and the types of attacks against networks. Finally, the
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* Cyber-Terrorism – utilizing the internet technologies as medium for attack, rather than a force multiplier
handbook addresses specific threats to military forces.
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* Cyber Threat to U.S. Critical Infrastructures - it is feared that performance enhancing, online control systems may have made these proven terrorism targets more vulnerable to both physical and cyber disruption
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* Cyber Threat to the Military – given the intensive use of IT by the military not only in war fighting, but also in its day-to-day function, the cyber threat to the military will only increase.
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Ultimately, the report concludes that while Jihadi currently prefer conventional attacks, our reliance on IT infrastructure creates a target that must be protected.
  
 
==Additional Notes and Highlights==
 
==Additional Notes and Highlights==
  
 
This handbook contains a useful glossary of cyber terrorism and cyber crime terms.
 
This handbook contains a useful glossary of cyber terrorism and cyber crime terms.

Revision as of 16:57, 16 June 2010

Full Title of Reference

Cyber Operations and Cyber Terrorism: Handbook No. 1.02

Full Citation

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Cyber Operations and Cyber Terrorism: Handbook No. 1.02, (2009). Web AltWeb

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Categorization

Key Words

Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Warfare, DDoS Attack, Hacker, Keylogger, Malware

Synopsis

This report is part of a supplement to a larger terrorism primer, A Military Guide to Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. This report offers highly detailed analysis of issues surrounding the proliferation of cyber terrorism, its history, the tactics used to recruit via the web, and the motivations behind the use of cyberterrorism. With the transition of information technology from tools of convenience to ones of necessity, theses systems have become high value targets for terrorists, and even nation states, seeking to affect or economic and national security. This report highlights the significance of information technologies in two ways. First, it reiterates the CIA’s position that the “IT revolution represents the most significant global transformation since the Industrial Revolution.” Second, the report offers a glimpse simply at the Department of Defense’s reliance on network systems, exhibited by the more than three million individual computers on 12,000 local area networks (LANs). Referring to the global networks of net works as the Global Information Grid (GIG), the report concludes that more than 40 nations have openly expressed interest in the development of sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities. This alone presents a real danger to our national security; however, this threat is further compounded by the inclusion of “transnational and domestic criminal organizations, hacker groups who sympathize with our enemies, terrorist organizations (evidenced by forensic analysis of captured computers) and ‘insiders’ who support our enemies.” The report offers that there is a growing danger among these groups as the convergence between terrorists and criminal continues and as the groups recognize the potential asymmetrical power cyber warfare offers.

Divided into sections, this report examines:

  • Cyber Support to Terrorist Operations – the use of the Internet Technologies as a force multiplier; realized through planning, recruiting, propaganda, and operational research
  • Cyber-Terrorism – utilizing the internet technologies as medium for attack, rather than a force multiplier
  • Cyber Threat to U.S. Critical Infrastructures - it is feared that performance enhancing, online control systems may have made these proven terrorism targets more vulnerable to both physical and cyber disruption
  • Cyber Threat to the Military – given the intensive use of IT by the military not only in war fighting, but also in its day-to-day function, the cyber threat to the military will only increase.

Ultimately, the report concludes that while Jihadi currently prefer conventional attacks, our reliance on IT infrastructure creates a target that must be protected.

Additional Notes and Highlights

This handbook contains a useful glossary of cyber terrorism and cyber crime terms.