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BIO-TERRORISM: UNREALISTIC WEAPON OR AN UNAPPRECIATED THREAT

BIO-TERRORISM: UNREALISTIC WEAPON OR AN UNAPPRECIATED THREAT

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What is Bio-terrorism? What type of weaponry it uses? How are they made? Who are bio-terrorists and what they want? … Bio-terrorism is a newly defined term which arises a good deal of questions for the whole international community. This publication on Bio-terrorism provides the answers for some questions on this ever growing dreadful threat which is realistic, but not yet relevantly appreciated.
What is Bio-terrorism? What type of weaponry it uses? How are they made? Who are bio-terrorists and what they want? … Bio-terrorism is a newly defined term which arises a good deal of questions for the whole international community. This publication on Bio-terrorism provides the answers for some questions on this ever growing dreadful threat which is realistic, but not yet relevantly appreciated.

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BIO-TERRORISM: UNREALISTIC WEAPON OR AN UNAPPRECIATED THREAT
 Ana Sulakvelidze
Student of Information Security Studies and Analysis Center
 
INFORMATION SECURITYSTUDIES AND ANALYSIS CENTER
 
 
INFORMATION SECURITY STUDIES AND ANALYSIS CENTER ± E-LIBRARY
 
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 Current document represents educational material and it is based on non-classified sourcesand on personal observations. In case of any other kind use of this publication, author is notresponsible. The opinions and recommendations represented by this document should not beconsidered as official position of INFORMATION SECUIRTY STUDIES AND ANALYSISCENTER, which by itself represents this document.
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BIO-TERRORISM: UNREALISTIC WEAPON OR AN UNAPPRECIATED THREATBio-terrorism is a kind of terrorism which uses biologicalagents for spreading fear and intimidation upon individualor individual groups, for religious, political, financial, orpersonal purposes
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. Several lists of lethal biological agentsthat may be transformed in biological weapons are widelyknown. All these agents are mostly available in the different parts of the world
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 Biological weapons are included in the group of weapons of mass destruction ±CBRN.Biological toxins and pathogens are genetically modified and weaponized in order to addgreater lethality to their influence. Biological pathogens and toxins are characterized bydramatic irregularity and unpredictability; if their genetic code is not modified and adjusted inlaboratory to the different environmental conditions,their resistance could vary substantially. Biologicalweapons may be disseminated by various methods:air, food, and water contamination, also skin and blood infection. The results of food and water contamination by biological weapons are very similar to epidemics, and terrorists rarely address thesemethods of dissemination; while air, skin and bloodinfections represent quite attractive methods for them.The process of BW dissemination appears to be pretty challenging. In particular, biologicalweapons should undergo a specific mutation in order to retain their lethal characteristics when placed in divergent balloons and containers.
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 Even though, nowadays terrorist groups and organizations are not particularly concentrated onusing biological weapons in their activities, the history of BW application is rather impressive.
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Several noteworthy cases can be cited from the history: in fourteenth centuryTartars spread epidemic called The Great Plague as a result of which one-third of theEuropean population was killed; during the Indian Wars in North America in the 1760s Britishcolonial commanders planned to supply Indians with the smallpox infected hospital blankets; during the First World War Germans were alleged in attempt to spread cholera bacilli in Italy; Japanese were first who carried out a biological warfare when they dropped
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What is Bioterrorism. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).http://www.bt.cdc.gov/bioterrorism/overview.asp
 
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Biological Terrorism. Scientific Encyclopedia. Technology and Society.http://science.jrank.org/pages/63316/biological-terrorism.html
 
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History of Bioterrorism.http://www.bio-terry.com/HistoryBioTerr.html
 

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