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RE: Vulnerbilities of Interconnection
- From: Brad Knowles
- Date: Fri Sep 06 17:29:14 2002
- Reply-by: Wed, 1 Jan 1984 12:34:56 +0100
At 2:01 PM -0700 2002/09/06, Jeff Shultz wrote:
I wouldn't be too surprised. The Patriot has a clock problem,
and can't be left turned on for an extended period of time. There
are plenty of military systems everywhere in the world that have
various operational issues that may not materially reduce their
effectiveness in their official role, but which may make them less
suitable for other roles.
Said tube electronics were apparently more survivable against EMP
effects. Or was that the point you were making? I think the real
surprise was a toggle switch that Belenko said was supposed to be
flipped only when told over the radio by higher headquarters. It
changed the characteristics of the radar.... sort of a "go to war" mode
vs. the standard training mode.
These things exist. I would be more concerned about drive-by
attacks with HERF (High Energy Radio Frequency) guns, capable of
generating an EMP field that can wipe out RAM on any computer device
that is not suitably protected (Tempest shielding or being in a
SCIF?). These things can be made relatively portable and
undetectable until such time as they are turned on -- unlike nuclear
devices that can be detected by Geiger counters, etc.... A drive-by
with a van would be a lot easier to organize than hi-jacking a
An interesting, if not totally professional evaluation of something
like this is in Steven Coonts book "America" where terrorists take over
an American nuclear submarine armed with a new type of Tomahawk warhead
- an EMP warhead. One of the early targets is AOL HQ in Reston, VA., (I
BTW, AOL headquarters is in Sterling, not Reston. It's not that
far away, so I can understand why people not from that area would not
be aware of the difference.
What do you mean by "nearby"? Do you count the "TerraPOP"? Do
you count Langley?
Coonts has an inflated idea of what an outage there would do the the
internet... but there is a lot of other stuff fairly nearby, isn't
Brad Knowles, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania.
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