Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

April 26, 2010

The Terrorist in Your Computer

Filed under: CyberKill,Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 9:47 AM

“Maybe your computer will be running a little slowly that day. Maybe your bandwidth won’t look like it’s normal. But while you’re doing your e-mails, your computer could be sending out denial of service attacks as part of a million other computers all trying to knock off a bank.”

Richard Clarke told Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross in a inteview recently.

Sound hard to believe? According to Clarke, whose expertise on cyber war is undisputed (and who, for the record, warned the Bush government about a possible large-scale Al Qaeda attack a week before 9/11) a trapdoor built into your computer’s software, or a visit to a compromised website, could be all it takes to turn your home PC into a “zombie.”

Clarke has a lot more to say on the subject, including details about a cyber war attack conducted by North Korea on the US last summer, and how our government has prepared to defend itself from online attacks by rogue nations. Clarke is a firm believer that the battlefield of the future is online, and after listening to what he has to say, it’s hard to disagree.


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