Sunday, 24 October 2010
Raps BOT : Predicts Insider Cyber Terrorism Threat HIGH
I have been designing an internet bot that scours the web, scraping and collating news items and then predicts the national security situation of the UK in 3-6-12 months time.
I started designing this bot when i worked as a consultant at IBM research in Hursley in the web knowledge management section right up to today.
Basically this bot uses the processing capabilities of 3rd party web servers in order to remain alive. It is totally autonomous meaning i send it out one month and it returns the next month with the information which my server then crunches to get a prediction.
One vector my bot has exposed is cyber terrorism in the UK. I had expected to almost certainly see that Russia and China were where the majority of the threat is coming from in this respect. But i was surprised when the prediction of Raps Bot was that 78% of the cyber threat to national security was going to come from UK citizens, not from foreign shores.
I ran this bot for 10 months of this year and it basically scraped links using keywords from the top search engines and news sites and then followed them and collated the data.
I have a reporting system which produces a map of the main cyber terrorism threats and all the longest tentacles were from insider terrorism orientated threats.
Assessing crime motivation plays a big part in the analysis process and i have to say the system picked up on this extremely well, plotting the main motivation points and then relating them to the data, the location and the context.