Cyberterrorism Attacks on Police Departments

By September 30, 2009, more than 25 percent of the world population was Internet users.1 The information super highway has become the path by which the world is connected. This highway allows access to anyone with a computer and Internet access, including criminals and terrorists. This highway also leads to the most critical computer-operated infrastructures: power grids, communications, water, banking, and unlimited amounts of sensitive data. In developed countries, lives are embedded in the cyber world. This presents law enforcement with a unique dilemma: the communications and computer systems relied upon by law enforcement agencies to respond to emergencies and keep communities safe may also be exploited.