Cybercrime calculator targets hackers, terrorists

Cybercrime calculator targets hackers, terrorists
Cybercrime calculator targets hackers, terrorists 

By Network World Staff
Network World

The University of New Hampshire has unveiled a tool for gauging the 
level of threat any would-be attacker poses to the energy, emergency 
response or other sectors of the U.S. economy and infrastructure that 
rely heavily on IT and networks.

The UNH Cyber Threat Calculator was shown at the Department of Defense 
Cyber Crime Conference in St. Louis in January. The calculator spits out 
results after weighing a threat's intent, technological capabilities and 
economic resources.

There are increased risks as computer networks become more integrated 
with all aspects of our lives and infrastructure, said Andrew 
Macpherson, director of the technical analysis group at UNH Justiceworks 
[1] and research assistant professor of justice studies at UNH, in a 
statement. "Using cyber attacks to take some type of infrastructure, 
military, or civilian out of commission is, over the long run, 

China and Russia are seen as being the two biggest threats to 
cybersecurity in the United States, he said, but it's not clear whether 
it is in their "best interest to use cyber attacks for strategic 

Macpherson said it's possible an attacker might try to quietly do damage 
over time rather than making a digital Pearl Harbor attack.

With approximately 85% of the cyber infrastructure owned by the private 
sector, its not just a government problem, Macpherson said in a 
statement. UNH expects to make the calculator available to private 
industry security experts later this year.


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