Terrorists Access to County Records
public sources openly and without resorting to illegal means, it is possible to
gather at least 80 percent of all information required about the enemy."
al Qaeda Training manual recovered in Afghanistan, .
Online access to local
county records may save the local public a trip across town. It saves foreign
terrorists a trip across the world.
Terrorists may use the
County Site to:
Survey: Government Websites Expose
Sensitive Infrastructure and Military Data
When a Greensboro, city employee became alarmed after
watching a user with an electronic address from Iran download drawings
about the city's water supply, the Associated Press uncovered sensitive
military documents found unprotected on federal, state and county FTP
US Army War College Quarterly - Spring 2003
Qaeda and the Internet:
Internet puts distance between those planning the attack and their targets.
Terrorists planning attacks on the United States can do so abroad with
limited risk, especially if their command and control sites are located in
countries other than their own. Tracing the route of their activity is
have access, like many Americans, to imaging data on potential targets, as
well as maps, diagrams, and other crucial data on important facilities or
Internet can be used to steal information or manipulate data. Ronald
Dick, Director of the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center,
considers the theft or manipulation of data by terrorist groups as his
worst nightmare, especially if the attacks are integrated with a physical
attack such as on a US power grid.
of the most common ways terrorists obtain money for their cause via the
Internet is credit card fraud. Jean-Francois Ricard, one of France’s top
anti-terrorism investigators, noted that many Islamist terror plots in
Europe and North America were financed through such criminal activity. . .
Al Qaeda and Internet
Government in Action
A young car-buyer applies for an auto loan and finds his credit record
identifies him as Ramzi Binalshibh, the Yemeni-born coordinator of the
9/11 terror attacks, currently in U.S. custody.
Arkansas state transportation agency is
alerted that one of its FTP servers has been “taken over” by al
Qaeda-backed content, with images of beheadings among the 70 different
Arabic language files suddenly resident.
The bandwidth-intensive Paul
Johnson beheading video is first uploaded for display on al
Qaeda-sympathetic sites worldwide on the hijacked server of a legitimate
California geographic information company.
Who Owns This Place
Hijackers likely skilled with fake IDs
FBI Director Robert Mueller has acknowledged that some of those behind
last week's terror attacks may have stolen the identification of other
people, and, according to at least one security expert, it may have been
"relatively easy" based on their level of sophistication. . .
According to McGoey, the key information these hijackers
would have needed is Social Security numbers
(often the unique identifier
for business use), driver's license numbers, and date of birth or birth
certificates. From there, they could assemble a new identity. Even a
person's address or name would help them get started.
The FTC recommends that people
regularly check their credit record, keep track of all transactions and
follow up with creditors if bills do not arrive on time. Also, they
suggest that people be aware of when personal information may be shared
over a Web site
Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet
United States Institute of Peace
Verton, in his book Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyberterrorism
(2003), explains that "al-Qaeda
cells now operate with the assistance of large databases containing
details of potential targets in the U.S.
for instance, can learn from the Internet a wide variety of details about
targets such as transportation facilities, nuclear power plants, public
buildings, defense plants, chemical plants
and high pressure gas lines.
One captured al
Qaeda computer contained engineering and structural features of a dam,
which had been downloaded from the Internet and which would enable al
Qaeda engineers and planners to simulate catastrophic failures.
a briefing given in late September 2001, Ronald Dick, assistant director
of the FBI and head of the United States National Infrastructure
Protection Center (NIPC), told reporters that the hijackers of 9/11 had
used the Internet, and "used it well."
Modern Terrorism and the Internet
Computer disc found
in Iraq contained U.S. school plans
By Ben Feller,
WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement authorities notified school districts
in six states last month that a computer disc found in Iraq contained
photos, floor plans and other information about their schools, two U.S.
officials said Thursday.The
downloaded data found by the U.S. military in July — all publicly available
on the Internet — . . .
US School Plans Found in Iraq
Class action suits
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