[funsec] Put "cyber" and "terrorist" in the story and you get a headline

Markos Grokus mg7140 at gmx.com
Thu Nov 19 13:45:02 CST 2009

The fear factory in overdrive, eh?

Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah wrote:
> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125850773065753011.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MID
> DLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond 
> "FBI suspects terrorists are exploring cyber attacks"
> "The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at people with suspected links to 
> al Qaeda who have shown an interest in mounting an attack on computer systems 
> that control critical U.S. infrastructure"
> "a lack of security protections in U.S. computer software increases the likelihood 
> that terrorists could execute attacks in the future"
> "If terrorists were to amass such capabilities, they would be wielded with 
> "destructive and deadly intent"  
> "The FBI is aware of and investigating individuals who are affiliated with or 
> sympathetic to al Qaeda who have recognized and discussed the vulnerabilities of 
> the U.S. infrastructure to cyber-attack"  
> "Hackers have been able to penetrate computer systems running components of 
> the U.S. electric grid as well as divert bank transfers. In an interview Tuesday, a 
> former Homeland Security secretary said al Qaeda already has some cyber-attack 
> capability."
> "The former Homeland Security secretary said he expects al Qaeda to develop 
> more cyber-attack skills"
> Ah, yes, but:
> "While there is no evidence that terrorist groups have developed sophisticated 
> cyber-attack capabilities"
> "he told the committee, without providing details."
> "I don't think they're the most capable in the world, but they have some 
> capability"  
> Still, it's probably best to run around gibbering, just in case.
> Oh, and:
> "The report is the first attempt to spell out characteristics of cyber-warfare and 
> analyze how different attacks measure up."
> Gee, that'll come as a surprise to Dorothy Denning ...
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