Without personal privacy and rights respected, no anti terrorism measure can be effective.
Former CIA director George Tenet said internet security and cyber attacks, "represents a potential Achilles heel for our financial stability and physical security if the networks we are creating are not protected." and also said "Efforts at physical security will not be enough," he explained "because the thinking enemy that we confront is going to school on our network vulnerabilities.". Such and attack could devastate the US economy. Another former CIA Director, Robert Gates mentioned when a teen hacker who is in Philippines can cause $10 billion in damage to the US economy by implant a virus think of what a well funded attack could do to the US economy(1 ).
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."(2 ).
President Obama said about cyber security, "We're not as prepared as we should be, as a government or as a country,". The president noted that cyber threats are serious economic and military threats to America (3 ). President Obama also said about cyber security "I know how it feels to have privacy violated because it has happened to me and the people around me,". Hacker hacked his campaign website in 2008 and gain access to his e-mails, travel plans and other files (4 ).
A report from Dartmouth College on September 22 2001 provided evidence that cyber-terrorists now pose a significant threat. The report said that politically motivated cyberattacks had increased around the world. Before the attacks were fairly benign, now the attacks were more focused on vital communications and critical infrastructure systems ( 5 ).
The director of national intelligence Mike McConnell, said "With weapons of mass destruction that could result in the death of many, many people-chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons-we assess the likelihood of each," he also said "The likelihood of nuclear attack is less but is not eliminated.", but warned "The cyber threat is the soft underbelly of the United States," and noted "The United States depends on the cyber infrastructure more than any other on Earth."(6 ).