Does cyber-terrorism exist?

Does cyber-terrorism exist?
Does cyber-terrorism exist?

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By Negar Salek
CRN Magazine
24 June 2008

Global security experts gathered in Malaysia last month to help ramp up 
the world=E2=80=99s defenses against cyber-terrorism

Dubbed by organisers as =E2=80=98the largest ministerial-level gathering ever 
organised about cyber-terrorism=E2=80=99, the World Cyber Security Summit 
(WCSS), was recenlty held in Malaysia. Hosted by the International 
Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT), government 
representatives from all over the globe including Australia joined 
private sector and prominent security experts. The summit was chaired by 
Malaysian Prime Minister Dato=E2=80=99 Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi with 
international speakers such as Professor Howard Schmidt, former White 
House security advisor and former chief security officer at Microsoft 
and eBay.

They were joined by a multitude of security experts including Mikko 
Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure; Dr Paul Twomey, president 
and chief executive officer of ICANN; Dr Vinton G. Cerf, =E2=80=98Father of the 
Internet=E2=80=99 and chief Internet evangelist at Google and Eugene Kaspersky, 
founder and chief executive officer of Kaspersky Lab.

Australia was well-represented with officials from the 
Attorney-General=E2=80=99s office and other government bodies attending the 
three-day summit.

According to IMPACT, the goal was to chart the future course for IMPACT 
as a global multilateral platform using ministerial roundtables, plenary 
sessions and information-sharing sessions about the latest 
cyber-security threats, trends and issues, such as, =E2=80=98Global Denial of 

According to Kaspersky, IMPACT is a unique initiative, aimed primarily 
at consolidating efforts against cyber-terrorism.

=E2=80=9CLike all forms of terrorism, cyber-terrorism does not recognise borders 
or laws, the threat of cyber-terrorism is real,=E2=80=9D said Kaspersky.


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