Monday, December 06, 2004

Ex-CIA Chief Gates Warns on Cyberterror

Yahoo! News: "Cyberterrorism could be the most devastating weapon of mass destruction yet and could cripple the U.S. economy, former CIA Director Robert Gates said at a terrorism conference Saturday.

"Gates, who became Texas A&M University's president in 2002 about a decade after he left the CIA, cited as an example the 'love bug' virus that overwhelmed computer systems around the world in 2000. 'When a teenage hacker in the Philippines overnight can wreak $10 billion in damage to the U.S. economy by implanting a virus, imagine what a sophisticated, well-funded effort to attack the computer base of our economy could accomplish,' said Gates."



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