Computers are often associated with certain intangibles: data, communication, and storage space rank among them. At a recent hacker conference, a speaker presented his ability to tap into and display anything on the monitors of a public train system. Increasingly, computers are gaining an ability to control things in the real world. In anticipation of this threat, Ed Skoudis has created a real-life miniature training ground for tomorrow's cyber-warriors.
The United States and other nations, along with terrorist and criminal groups, are increasingly engaged in high-tech espionage and cyber attacks, often with an aim at destabilizing communications and other critical infrastructure. We discuss the nature of this growing threat and how it affects both government and the private sector.