War in Cyberspace, a look at tactics and "threats"
The threat to America networks was the subject of a bipartisan Congressional report in 2008. the Co Chairman committee of the report U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin said "America's failure to protect cyberspace is one of the most urgent national security problems facing the new administration," and said so far "It is a battle that we are losing."(9 ).
An assessment of terrorist threats to the USA include, the belief that within 3 to five years al-Qaida will be able to launch cyber attacks on the USA economy. The report said "Youthful, Internet-savvy extremists might apply their online acumen to conduct cyber attacks rather than offer themselves up as operatives to conduct physical attacks," (10 ).
Examples of losses and lapses. All may not be a threat to national security, but, the lack of security is a threat to national security.
A memory stick that had the private details of 12 million UK citizens was found outside a pub. The memory stick had confidential passcodes to a government gateway system that covered everything from parking tickets to tax returns(11 ).
When New Zealander Chris Ogle was in Oklahoma he bought an mp3 player at a thrift store. When he tried to download songs he discovered that it had classified US military files on it. The information on the player included home addresses, Social Security numbers and cell phone numbers of U.S. soldiers mission briefings and list of deployed hotspots in Afghanistan and Iraq (12 ).
Someone hacked Heartland Payment Systems Inc. computer system, that processes 100 million payment card transactions per month for 175,000 merchants. The breech lasted several weeks and did not involve merchant data, Social Security numbers, unencrypted personal ID numbers, addresses or phone numbers (13 ).
In the USA, two laptop computers were stolen that had 300,000 Social Security that were held by the Davidson County Election Commission, in Tennessee. Their was no apparent misuse of the Social Security numbers (14 ).