Universities are rife with extremism, rising revolution, dangerous liaisons and society-changing thoughts. This, to some, might be a terrifying thought. But for many, it brings back memories of the 60's and 70's, when our parents were fighting for change, especially in their battle to remove troops from Vietnam.
"Think about it like this: If the British government decides to say that joining a Facebook group is the same as joining an extremist group in the real world, it may cause a great deal of people to take a moment of pause when deciding what Facebook groups they join."
In terms of what we use, with the amount of information available on the Internet and with the amount of data held on us as individuals, it wouldn't surprise me if these were the next targets for the next advanced generation of terrorism. This can apply also to the "vital core services" of our online live; news, stocks and shares, email and even Google.
"Terrorism" is a social construction, created by us and manufactured by the media into being something scary. It's no longer planes into a building, car bombs in the streets or children with explosive belts around their chests. Terrorism can be confined to the Internet through hacking, manipulation, massive disruption to a place, service or infrastructure. It doesn't have to be in the "offline world".
Google can't viably be vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack, considering the scale and breadth of the back-end services propping it up. However, how would the world cope even if Google was offline for a mere hour? It would cause massive disruption, on a scale we couldn't comprehend - and why? Because it's a part of our life, so much so much that we've immortalised it as a verb in our languages.
If the flu virus were deliberately dispersed in a crowded place in New York City, it would be considered a "biological terrorist attack." But when a computer virus hit the Northern Ireland government's network, it was almost brushed off as if the creator of the virus was "a little scamp." No, this could have easily been a targeted attack; a terrorist attack. Had this been a virus attack against the U.S. government instead of just a tiny government, and it had spread further, the current president probably would have ordered an "extension of the war on terror”.
It may not be as "simple" as a bunch of students in a dinghy in the Atlantic Ocean with a huge pair of bolt-cutters trying to cut one of the vital infrastructural parts of the Internet. With the wide availability of documents such as "The Anarchist Cookbook", created by a man of student-age to protest the war in Vietnam, the Internet is being used to help to spread terror through the wires.