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The Next Catastrophe by Charles Perrow

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8 Concentration and Terror on the Internet

In the 1990s, following the First Persian Gulf War, the United States engaged in almost daily bombing of targets in Iraq, in response to Iraq’s failure to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions and its interference with UN Special Commission inspectors. Early in 1998, the buildup of U.S. troops and material in friendly spots in the Middle East intensified, in preparation for Operation Desert Fox, a major three-day bombing campaign. In February 1998, the Department of Defense discovered that intruders had broken into numerous secure DOD computers. They had obtained “root access,” which would allow them to steal information, alter information, or damage the DOD networks. They suspected ...

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