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Spacecom on alert for cyberattacks
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 00:48:16 -0500 (CDT)


By George I. Seffers 
Sept. 11, 2001

U.S. Space Command has not yet detected any increase in cyberattacks
either in conjunction with or following today's terrorist attacks on
major U.S. targets, including the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

The theory within information warfare circles in recent years has been
that a massive terrorist or state attack of this magnitude could be
preceded by, conducted in concert with or followed by massive
cyberattacks on the nation's critical infrastructure. Those
cyberattacks -- especially if conducted prior to a physical attack --
could theoretically disrupt banking and finance activities, military
command and control, and traffic control.

U.S. Space Command, the organization ultimately responsible for
conducting cyberwarfare and nuclear warfare, is at maximum alert like
the rest of the Defense Department, but networks so far are not under
a coordinated attack.

"We are doing the same things we do every day. We certainly are
casting a more critical eye toward monitoring our networks," said Army
Maj. Barry Venable, Space Command spokesman. "It's all very early, but
so far we're seeing no increased activity on our networks."

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