Definitions Edit

A targeted attack (also called a targeted cyberattack) is

when a group or individual attacks a specific system or cyber-based critical infrastructure.[1]
one where the attacker is intentionally attempting to gain access to or to disrupt a specific target.[2]

Overview Edit

A targeted cyberattack could be effective if directed against a portion of the a country's critical infrastructure, and if timed to amplify the effects of a simultaneous conventional physical or chemical, biological, nuclear, or radiological (CBRN) terrorist attack.

References Edit

  1. Information Security: Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities Place Federal Systems at Risk, at 3.
  2. Terrorist Use of the Internet: Information Operations in Cyberspace, at 5 n.20.

See also Edit

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