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Cyber-Apocalypse Now - Securing the Internet Against Cyberterrorism and Using Universal Jurisdiction as a Deterrent
Kelly A. Gable, Cyber-Apocalypse Now - Securing the Internet Against Cyberterrorism and Using Universal Jurisdiction as a Deterrent, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 43, No. 1 (2010). SSRN
Cyberterrorism has become one of the most significant threats to the national and international security of the modern state, and cyberattacks are occurring with increased frequency. The Internet not only makes it easier for terrorists to communicate, organize terrorist cells, share information, plan attacks, and recruit others but also is in- creasingly being used to commit cyberterrorist acts. It is clear that the international community may only ignore cyberterrorism at its peril.
The primary security threat posed by the Internet is caused by an inherent weakness in the TCP/IP Protocol, which is the technology underlying the structure of the Internet and other similar networks. This underlying struc- ture enables cyberterrorists to hack into one system and use it as a springboard for jumping onto any other network that is also based on the TCP/IP Protocol. Other threats to national and international security include direct at- tacks on the Internet and the use of the Internet as a free source of hacking tools. These threats will not be eradic- ated easily.
In the absence of feasible prevention, deterrence of cyberterrorism may be the best alternative. Without, at a minimum, a concerted effort at deterrence, cyberterrorism will continue to threaten national and international se- curity. The most feasible way to deter cyberterrorists is tuniversal jurisdiction.