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Hypothetical Scenario Intelligence was received that Ayman al-Zawahiri had ordered an attack to take place on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in New York City. He had ordered three men to carry out the attack, which allegedly included the use of car bombs. Three men were caught in Canada. It is unclear whether these individuals were the ones recruited by al-Zawahiri. What if the attack had occurred in New York City? In 2010, Maplecroft, through its risk assessment tool, the Terrorism Risk Index, gave the United States a medium risk rating.

Would an attack, such as the one mentioned above, affect the risk rating of the United States? If so, in what way?

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If the attack had occurred in New York City, there would be high risk to human life and business assets. If the attack was intense the number of victims in a crowded place such as New York can be high. The effect of terrorist attack would be that there can be injuries to persons and even deaths .If car bombs were detonated in ...

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Rollins,J., Wilson, Clay (2007) Terrorist Capabilities for Cyberattack: Overview and Policy Issues, CRS Report for Congress, Updated January 22, 2007. Retrieved on February 29, 2008 at http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL33123.pdf

Senario: You are a cyberterrorist, and your mission is to launch a cyber attack against a US Government agency. However, you are not given specific orders. The choice is yours and you must do it this week.

1) Which government agency would you attack, and how would you go about it? Give specifics.

2) How would you mitigate this cyberattack is you had advance warning of the possibility of such an attack?

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