Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Police uncover their first cyber terrorist case

Kuta, Bali (ANTARA News) - For the first time in their history, Inonesian police recently succeeded in uncovering a "cyber-terrorism" (CT) case which involved death-row convict Abdul Azis alias Imam Samudra, one of the perpetrators of the October 2002 Bali bombings."For the first time in our history, we were able to uncover a CT case, a criminal act in which the perpetrators made use of the cyber-world to spread terrorist provocation and propaganda," the head of the National Police`s Criminal Investigation Department, Commissioner General Makbul Padmanagara, said here on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC attended by paticipants from some 16 countries, Makbul said the discovery of the cyber-terrorism case involving Imam Samudra and his cronies should alert all parties to the real danger of the terrorist ring."We should all be more careful and able to take note of any sign of impending danger or trouble so as to prevent the recurrence of terorist attack," Makbul siad. He said the main suspect in the cyber-terrorism case was Imam Samudra and three other suspects who were arrested in Central java recently.Makbul refused to disclose the identities of the three other suspects but said the number of perpetrators would probably increase after further investigation and development. Cyber-terrorism is the leveraging of a target`s computer and information technology, particularly via the Internet, to cause physical, real-world harm or severe disruption with the aim of advancing the attacker`s own political or religious goals. As the Internet becomes more pervasive in all areas of human endeavor, individuals or groups can use the anonymity afforded by cyberspace to threaten citizens, specific groups, communities and entire countries, without the inherent chance of capture, injury, or death to the attacker that being physically present at a terrorist event presents. As the Internet continues to expand, and computer systems continue to be assigned more responsibility while becoming more and more complex and interdependent, sabotage or terrorism via cyberspace may become a more serious threat.

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