Frontline 4/24


    - This Week: "Cyber War!,"
    Thursday, Apr. 24 at 9:00pm (WGTE) on PBS
    - Inside Frontline: A note from producer Michael Kirk
    - Live Discussion: Chat with the producer on Fri. at 11 a.m. ET

    + This Week ...

    It wasn't your father's war game. For four days last week, specialists
    from the United States military academies and the National Security
    Agency engaged in the third annual Cyber Defense Exercise, in which a
    team of hackers from the NSA attempted to penetrate the computer
    defenses of each academy, while teams of cadets did their best to thwart

    But as the military becomes ever more adept at cyber warfare, what of
    the nation's homeland cyber security? After Sept. 11, as most
    intelligence gathering shifted to finding Al Qaeda cells throughout the
    world, one group at the White House led by Richard Clarke -- former head
    of counterterrorism under President Clinton -- decided to investigate
    the threat of attacks from cyberspace. What they found was not

    In "Cyber War!," this Thursday, Apr. 24 at 9:00pm (WGTE) on PBS,
    FRONTLINE investigates just how vulnerable the Internet is to both
    virtual and physical attack, and how the Internet could be used to
    launch a major assault on the nation's critical infrastructure. Some,
    such as Clarke, believe that major cyber attacks are imminent. And yet
    he and others have had only limited success in convincing Washington
    that cyber security needs to be a top priority.

    We hope you'll join us on Thursday night, and on our website following
    the broadcast, where you'll find extended coverage and a chance to share
    your views, at

    Just wanted to post this is case anyone is interested.
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    mmmm.. had heard this before the war as well, saw a pretty good one on TV before the war.. went into quite some depth. Was disconcerting to say the least. I agree, this could present major problems in the future..or sooner.
    Thanx, Marie !
  4. by   Mkue
    You're welcome.. I'm going to try to tune in tonight.
  5. by   Mkue
    It was an interesting program. One security hacking was traced back to Russia. although they stated it would be actually hard to prove that it originated in Russia. The program touched on the internet activity by the Middle East increasing before 9/11 and the training of Al-Qaeda to use the internet as a way of mass interruption, which is very costly to us in the billions of dollars. So if they aren't able to use weapons of mass destruction such as flying planes into buildings they may be able to use the internet as a means of mass interruption. Cyber security remains a big issue.