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Any premeditated, politically-motivated attack by sub-national groups or clandestine agents against information, computer systems, computer programs, and data which results in violence against non-combatant targets
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However, if a cyberterrorist launched a botnet attack from computers around the globe, it is unclear under international law whether jurisdiction should be predicated on where the cyberterrorist executed the attack, where the effects of the attack occurred, or the locations of the computers that were hijacked to perpetrate the attack.
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD: Bruce Willis strives to keep the fourth installment of his action movie franchise relevant by taking on a cyberterrorist ("Deadwood's" Timothy Olyphant) and a nerd sidekick (Mac commercials' Justin Long) .
Often leveraged as part of a Cyberterrorist or extortion attack, these dangerous, self-propagating worms not only paralyze Web sites and critical applications of intended victims, but also dramatically impact the service capacity and performance of the victim's carrier.
For example, a cyberterrorist might break into the computer system of a power company and shut down a power grid.
As it is, fears that war on Iraq would dramatically increase the likelihood of a major cyberterrorist attack--defined by the US as one originating from a country on the US State Department's terror watch list--proved unfounded.
Copeland says, "There's growing recognition that nothing short of a nuclear attack could paralyze the country faster than a well-conceived cyberterrorist assault.
Our nation faces more diffuse and diverse security threats ranging from weapons of mass destruction to illegal drugs, infectious diseases, and cyberterrorist attacks.
Another cyberterrorist weapon is the HERF gun, that can fry a server from 30 yards away.
Cyberterrorist attacks aimed at the most highly connected nodes, however, can break up the network into isolated parts, says a team of physicists.
Both Kuehl and Serbian also cited potential cyberterrorist threats from individuals who are not directly supported by the state but who nevertheless recognize that the Internet and technology offer them inexpensive ways to support their causes and cover their tracks.
Ironically, the cyberterrorist activities began the day that President Clinton submitted his proposed fiscal year 2001 federal budget to Congress.
Information technologies and the technologies of weapons of mass destruction combine to give very small groups of people, even individuals, powers once reserved for great nations--the ability to restrict travel through selective threats and strikes against travel infrastructure, the ability to paralyze economies through cyberterrorist strikes on financial markets, the ability to destroy a city, embarrass a government and create an international furor.