Cyber Pearl Harbor
Definition - What does Cyber Pearl Harbor mean?
Cyber Pearl Harbor is a term that implies that the U.S. faces an attack and, perhaps, cyberwarfare with an aggressive nation or terrorist organization.
Techopedia explains Cyber Pearl Harbor
According to Panetta, Cyber Pearl Harbor is cyberspace attack that could disable a substantial proportion of IT services throughout the U.S. and/or among its ally countries. The primary objective behind such an attack would be to take control of major IT infrastructure, spread a digital virus, delete or steal highly confidential data, illegally transfer funds and/or carry out virtually any act with the potential of substantially damaging IT assets. If Cyber Pearl Harbor were to occur, it could result in a serious loss of IT services, thus affecting many government, business and other key infrastructure that relies on IT.