Friday, March 5, 2010

Threat of Cyber Terrorism ‘Real and Expanding’ says FBI Director Mueller

The threat from terrorists using cyberspace as another attack vector is growing, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller. “The FBI, with our partners in the intelligence community, believe the cyber terrorism threat is real, and it is rapidly expanding,” he said.

Mueller stated that, while large scale cyber attacks by terrorists which destroy a network have not yet occurred, terrorists “have executed numerous denial-of-service attacks. And they have defaced numerous websites, including Congress’ website following President Obama’s State of the Union speech.”

The terrorist presence on the web has continued to grow in the past decade, with terrorists utilizing the Internet for recruitment, training grassroots terrorists and disseminating propaganda.

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