• United States



by Paul Kerstein

Database Expands Terror Definition

Jul 06, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

The National Counterterrorism Center new database has finallybroadened its definition of terrorism, because of a flaw that was revealed whenonly one of two Russian airliners that were blown up last year was considered aterrorist attack because it contained a foreign national onboard. An AssociatedPress article in The Boston Globe reports that the database, that was supposedto go online Wednesday, has increased fivefold the number of defined terroristattacks worldwide in 2004. According to the new criteria, there were 3,192attacks with 28,433 people killed, wounded or kidnapped. The previous, more inflexiblecriteria, would have put the toll at 651 attacks with approximately 9,000victims. Read more.