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The Cyber Crime Report - Cyber Terrorism - A Call for Governmental Action

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Brent MacLean P Eng

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The great advances in information and communications technology have an unprecedented impact on our society: a considerable percentage of our life and activities has come to depend heavily on information infrastructure. This dependence is very much apparent in both the public and private sectors. Vital factors of public life such as air, road, and railway traffic control, the dissemination of energy like electricity or gas, telecommunication systems like wire and mobile telephony, police or fire dispatch centres, hospitals, government offices and systems controlling key sectors such as national defense, and many more public services are now organized and controlled through the use of computers and networked systems. The situation is not much different in the private sector, computers and the internet are highly involved in the way we work, communicate, buy or sell products, run businesses, control or invest money, educate or entertain ourselves. Banks, stock markets, and other monetary institutions that transfer or handle vast amounts of money base their operation entirely on computer systems.

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