Cyber Pearl Harbor


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Cyber Pearl Harbor

A catastrophic event due to the unrelenting attempts to hack government and corporate networks by state and independent actors. Also called "Cyber 911." Destabilizing the electric grid, diverting airplanes in flight and setting off missiles are examples. According to a January 2018 article in NextGov.com, "the Pentagon receives 13 billion emails per year that are full of malware, viruses and phishing schemes from hackers, terrorists and foreign adversaries trying to gain unauthorized access to military systems." See information warfare.
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Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, calls this type of event a cyber Pearl Harbor. "I don't know if there's $30 billion of actual exposure out there in the market today, because it's still a relatively small market," said Hartwig.
Last fall, retiring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned of a "cyber Pearl Harbor" that could see hackers breaking into those institutions, as well as essential elements of national infrastructure, such as the electric power grid, air traffic control system and water and railroad companies.
In a radio debate last month, Reitman said that while CISPA proponents employ rhetoric that the bill will "fend off a cyber Pearl Harbor," what they're really doing is inciting fears of security threats when, in fact, such concerns have existed for years.
A "cyber 9/11" may be more likely than the often-mentioned "cyber Pearl Harbor." It is time for states to sit down and discuss how to limit this threat to world peace.
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