Simulated bloggers storm the Internet

February 13th, 2006

A cyber storm hit the Internet last week, but was fended off by the US Department of Homeland Security. Cyber Storm was a DHS run exercise “to examine response, coordination, and recovery mechanisms to a simulated cyber-event within international, federal, state, and local governments, in conjunction with the private sector.” An AP story reveals an interesting component:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government concluded its ”Cyber Storm” wargame Friday, its biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers, and bloggers.

Bloggers?

The worldwide simulation challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose ”Web logs” include political rantings and musings about current events.

Ouch!