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Combating Enemies Online: State-Sponsored and Terrorist Use of the Internet

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Richard Weitz

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Internal security)
Media, telecommunications, and information (Electronic data processing, transmission, and retrieval)

Keywords: National security; cyber security; cyber attack; cyberwar

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The United States is not defenseless in the face of illicit exploitation of computer networks. Both the government and the private sector have developed significant capabilities. Effectively combating enemies online will require a concerted national effort, particularly in acquiring commercial capabilities and services, managing military intelligence and information technology programs, and developing a corps of professional national security practitioners.