Abhishek Anirudhan, 15, Hyderabad, India

December 21, 2010

Note: The following was submitted for consideration by the United Nations Security Council for “Voices of a New Generation,” an interactive event held on Dec. 21, 2010. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or United Nations.

With the development of the cyber world and deliverance of high-speed internet connections at almost every household on planet earth at request, has imparted a variety of good things however has also given its share of challenges.

I strongly believe with this emerging progress, cyber crime has only risen to pose a major threat to international peace and security. As the recent events affirm, whistleblowers with adequate knowledge and expertise in computing technology can snatch away the confidentiality and shoot down effective diplomacies creating a crisis situation. The content published may be sham and can instigate people and governments against one another creating turmoil, unrest and maybe, war like situations. Hackers may also attempt to assault websites of major establishments, that of banks, security contractors etc. looking forward to extract confidential information.

The internet also provides a base for terrorist organizations to spread their message and influence. People with submissive minds can easily get instigated and can be educated on how execute terror activities; the numerous IED's going off in Iraq and other places is one major example. The possibility of web-defacement, malware, data mining could also be as physical as a bomb.

As modern terrorism is continually changing, and is in the hunt for innovative methods of carrying out attacks, propaganda campaigns and the Cyber World is without doubt a new combat zone and one that terror organizations are striving to take advantage of.

- Abhishek Anirudhan, 15, Hyderabad, India