An attack on the Internet?

By Derek Sooman on January 12, 2005, 11:16 AM
Research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project seems to indicate that the Internet will suffer some form of massive, devastating attack some time within the next ten years. Apparently, 66% of industry experts believe that the Internet will fall victim to a catastrophe (perhaps from terrorists). In a time where the westernised world is becoming increasingly dependant on the Internet to work, shop and do business, this could have serious consequences for western economies, which is exactly what potential attackers would want. Exactly how this would happen is anyone’s guess, but an attack on the root DNS servers would probably do something fairly nasty.

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tellingd said:
The 'net is already under attack IMHO - from spammers and the virus-writers :-(
shiney said:
Usually terrorists are looking for recognision of their beliefs for their actions. Attacking the internet will just turn the whole world against them and imo although they will achieve recognition they will also lose a lot of sympathisers to whatever their cause is.
Phantasm66 said:
What, and flying two planes into a well populated building in 9/11 didn't lose a lot of sympathisers to whatever their cause is? You are dealing with people who want chaos, and death. Its not about getting support (although they do want that as well) its about death and destruction and victory.They want to smash the economic power of the west and they see the internet as partially being an embodiment of that in many ways. Added to which, as I noted the destruction of the internet in some way would seriously damage economies in the west - the desired effect.I think its very likely that terrorists will try to do something like that, perhaps by recruiting virus writers. Osama Bin Laden is a new rich man and could afford to buy someone with the technical skill to put together some virus which targetted key infrastructural parts of the internet.
farthbound said:
I'm sick of hearing about these "terrorists." Like anything ever made, the internet will break some time. It will need to be fixed. To turn everything into a spooky terroristic conspiracy, to assume that these invisible "terrorists" give a crap about disrupting our internet more than they do killing people (which "they" haven't been doing in America lately,) is absurd.
farthbound said:
"Osama Bin Laden is a new rich man" ?????WHAT? "New rich man?"This person hasn't the slightest clue.
Phantasm66 said:
Give me a break, that's just a mistake in my quick typing. He's been a millionaire for a long time as far as I knew. And as far as disrupting the internet goes, I think its not to be misunderstood how much damage this would cause as a terrorist act, just as desireble perhaps as killing people to people with those aims.
Spike said:
Just an opinion, but in my view, the internet could very easily get targetted at the moment, but I think it's safe to say that there'll be some kind of contingency/backbone to it in the next 10 years, purely because of the possiblity of someone going to bring it down.However, I'm not sure why any virus writer would bring down the internet. That would kinda give them nothing to do.Instead, Osama and his like woul have to train their own virus writers. Who knows, Terrorist cells might go around under the cover of LAN parties, and Al-Qaeda training camps will contain far fewer guns targets and climbing ropes, opting for office towerblocks full of computers, each with C++ and Python manuals.
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