Bombs and Bandwidth: The Emerging Relationship Between by Robert Latham

By Robert Latham

A multidisciplinary view of data expertise because it is utilized by governments and felony enterprises alike.

Why purchase a multi-billion-dollar satellite tv for pc and visit severe lengths to attempt to prevent governmental detection should you can simply purchase a bit airtime and ship among the many million messages going out at any given time?—from Bombs and Bandwidth

Information expertise (IT) has develop into relevant to the best way governments, companies, social activities or even terrorist and legal corporations pursue their more and more globalized pursuits. With the emergence of the web and new electronic applied sciences, conventional barriers are more and more beside the point, and standard concepts—from privateness to surveillance, vulnerability, and particularly, security—need to be reconsidered. within the post-9/11 period of "homeland security," the connection among IT and protection has obtained a brand new and urgent relevance. Bombs and Bandwidth, a undertaking of the Social technology study Council, assembles major students in a variety of disciplines to discover the hot nature of IT-related threats, the recent strength buildings rising round IT, and the moral and political implications bobbing up from this complicated and critical box.

Contributors contain: Ralf Bendrath, Michael Dartnell, Robert J. Deibert, Dorothy Denning, Chris Hables grey, Rose Kadende-Kaiser, Susan Landau, Robert Latham, Timothy Lenoir, Martin Libicki, Carolyn Nordstrom, Rafal Rohozinski, Marc Rotenberg, Janice Gross Stein, Rachel Yould.

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Organizationally, this network resembles an all-channel or full-matrix network2 where everyone is connected to everyone else through the Internet (and other communications media). There is no central command or headquarters for the network as a whole and decision making takes place across the network. When a major security incident affecting multiple organizations occurs, as with a major virus outbreak, many participants in the security network respond simultaneously to the attack, issuing alerts, releasing software tools and upgrades, reconfiguring systems, and hunting down the attacker.

They might recommend security purchases, funding, or legislation out of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) over the seriousness of the security threat. FUD is often cited when it appears that it is being used to promote an agenda that does not stand on its own merits. Hackers also pursue their activities for emotional reasons. Chantler's study found that the number-three reason for hacking was the pursuit of pleasure. 36 If hacking had no intellectual or emotional appeal, it is unlikely we would have the serious problem we have today.

17 Network operators had either not turned on the security features or else used them with default settings that were not secure. The spread of information technology has also had some positive impact on security—for example, by enabling the development of remote security services. There are now services that check a computer or network for vulnerabilities, scan incoming or outgoing e-mail for viruses, monitor client networks for attacks, provide encryption services, manage public-key certificates, and detect and locate stolen laptops.

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