What are the risks ?
May 30, 1996
English translation July 1, 1998 by Arif M. Janmohamed
Project : Science, Technology and Society
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Warning. This document reflects only the opinions of its author,
it does not engage the EPFL.
Our society relies more and more upon computers. No matter where you
are or what you do, you are likely to deal, either directly or indirectly
with computer. When you pay with your credit card, book a seat on an aircraft,
deposit money in your bank account and even when you simply make a phone
call, it is a computer which, finally, deals with you.
From time to time, the press reveals to the public that computer hackers
broke into such or such system, stole hundreds of credit cards numbers
and can now consult and modify the contents of your bank account or visit
the computers of the army. It has also taught us that computer viruses
jump from computer to computer waiting for the opportune moment to destroy
the contents of our hard disks.
What would happen, if an organization or a government united these
isoleteds hacker's skills to take a large scale action against a State?
Vulnerability of the systems