Attack of the Cyber Men

Transport management authorities are now involved in counter-terrorism activities as terrorist plotting involves using of the transportation network. The industry is taking on a proactive and preventative role. Investigation and analysis of cyber terrorism have been undertaken in Israel, looking at the differences between a computer hacker and a cyber terrorist. Currently most offences are committed by computer hackers, but it is still important to have systems up and ready for any cyber terrorism attack. Terrorists are likely to go for significant infrastructures such as traffic management systems, which are well protected and therefore require extensive computer knowledge. Using hired hackers, experiments have been run to see how well protected organisations' systems really are. In America, transportation officials have called for departments of transport to improve security measures, using a range of high technology equipment such as security videos, thermal imaging cameras, number plate recognition systems and non-intrusive vehicle inspection X-ray cameras. An Australian system uses artificial intelligence based technology to operate in crowded scenes. World-wide, the message for the future is the necessity to avoid complacency and to continue to develop technology which can foil the cyber terrorists when an incident is in the offing.


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  • Accession Number: 01109408
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2008 8:17AM