In 1990, in his book The Cuckoo’s Egg, he suggested that automated data mining techniques could be used by Black Hat cyberterrorists to look for interesting patterns in large amounts of non-secure and apparently unrelated data.
Thus, a financial institution may assume that its electronic fund transfer (EFT) system is the most vital information system to protect, but a cyberterrorist may want access to the financial records of only targeted individuals over some period of time. After entry to a system has been gained, the cyberterrorist may not alter data but simply decide to track funding sources (given the deposit records) to harm the targeted individual. In such a scenario, going into the financial institution to destroy information is only a short-term strategy that will do little more than garner too much attention.
Following the popularity of Stoll’s The Cuckoo’s Egg, he wrote a second book entitled Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway. Stoll’s home page can be found at http:// www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~stoll/.
Schell, B.H., Dodge, J.L., with S.S. Moutsatsos. The Hacking of America: Who’s Doing It, Why, and How. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2002.