In the early 2000s, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA) funded no fewer than 12 key computer security
projects under the umbrella of the Composable High-Assurance Trustworthy
Systems (CHATS) program. Peter G.
Neumann from the Stanford Research Institute Computer Science Laboratory led
one of those key projects. The emphasis in the CHATS program was on trustworthy
open-source operating systems
having trusted components. A
technical paper on the results of the project appeared in the 2003 DISCEX03
proceedings Achieving Principled
Assuredly Trustworthy Composable Systems and Networks.
In a less technical piece appearing in The New Yorker in May 2001, Peter G.
Neumann underscored his concerns about the possibility of the cyber-criminal arm causing a Cyber Apocalypse. What worried Neumann
was Â“the big one.Â” Because malicious crackers can get into the United StatesÂ’
most critical computers in just a few minutes and clear a third of the computer
drives in America in a single day, or because they could shut down the power
grids and emergency-response systems of numerous states, Neumann warned in his
piece that the Internet lies in
wait for its Chernobyl. Moreover, Neumann said that he does not believe the
wait will be much longer.
Cybercrime and Cybercriminals; Internet, Cyber Apocalypse; Open Source;
Specter, M. The Doomsday Click. The
New Yorker. May 28, 2001, p. 101Â–107;
SRI International Computer Science Laboratory. Peter G. Neumann. [Online,
2004.] SRI International Computer
Science Laboratory Website. http://www.csl.sri.com/users/