Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Red Team Scenario 1 : Creutzfeldt-Jakob Scare

One mad-cow disease ridden beast has turned up in northern Alberta. As a result, beef exports from Canada have been banned from most countries. Needless to say, this has strained Canada's trade relations with a number of other countries and host cost the economy. Despite this trauma, no deaths have been reported.

What would happen if a number of beasts across North American and Europe came down with a BSE variant? What would the cost be? Could terrorists pull this off?

Method

Based on some information at the FDA, here's how they could do it:


  1. Get some cattle
  2. Get some BSE contaminated... from a research lab
  3. Infect cattle
  4. Slaughter
  5. Feed to other cattle


Indexing Implications

Based on this pretty vague and basic exercise, TIA needs to extract a variety of information: purchases of or changes of ownership in cattle, thefts from or access to BSE material, a working ranch to house and infect cattle possibly without noticeable product sales, means of transporting infected cattle to other animals either overtly or secretly.

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