At 09:16 AM 8/9/96 -0700, you wrote:
>I believe you all may be interested in this, though firewall related is
>In today's 8/9/96 San Jose Mercury News (AP wire):
>"The border patrol in San Diego and Chula Vista will be testing 'electronic
>wireless vehicle disabling devices' as a result of well-publicized high-speed
>chases" (and beatings).
>Hack? Who needs to hack to retaliate against perceived wrongdoing from;
>abortion clinic etc? Just click the 'phaser gun' button every time you
>drive by their data center/ICU/traffic control/office/landing strip...
>The HERF wars begin.
>Senior Systems Admin NT/UNIX/I-net/Routers/Mainframes/Janitor ;)
>Hitachi Data Systems 408-970-4822 --- Disclaimer: I speak only for myself
>___________"Infowar, Cyber-war, yes, 'they' _are_ out to get you..."___________
I found this very interesting myself...Having just read the following article:
The Director of the CIA last week said the US will set up a defense center
to combat the growing threat of terrorist and criminals out to bring down
vital network systems.
C1A Director John Deutch said teh threat of organised information warfare
is likely to grow, raising the prospect of an "electronic Pearl Harbor".
In fact, reports arenow circulating in Europe and the US that since 1993,
banks in the UK have paid millions of dollars in at least four attacks from
black-mailers who showed they could crash computer systems at will.
Although skeptics doubt the reports, some experts back the claims. Winn
Schwarau, president of security consultancy Interpact, Inc, said two banking
officials at the recent International Banking Information Technology Forum
in Basel, Switzerland, told him that four banks have together paid the
equivelent of $100 million to cyber-bandits who brought down computer systems.
Another security expert, who asked for anonymity, claimed that one bank in
Cornwall, England had its teller terminals and CRT screen blanked out or
garbled for three days by bandits who pointed High-Energy Radio Frequency
(HERF) devices at them. Microwave-based HERF guns were developed by the
military to disrupt computer systems.
The security expert also said he was now at a Las Vagas casino, where he is
now investigating what appears to be a HERF attack cyber-bandits there.
--- Article called C1A director calls for cyber-war defense center
by Ellen Messmer (Washington DC) in Network World
(printed w/o perms)