Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Ex-CIA Directors warn of cyberterrorism

A press release from mi2g highlights public statements by George Tenet and Robert Gates in the last ten days.

"Cyber terrorism could be the most devastating weapon of mass destruction yet and could cripple the US economy according to the former CIA Director, Robert Gates who was speaking at the cyber terrorism conference held at Rice University... The CIA and National Security Agency (NSA) had conducted an exercise six years ago, assigning 50 computer specialists to see how hard it would be to shut down the nation's electric grid. It took only two days for the group to put itself in a position to do so, Mr Gates said."

"'The internet,' Tenet claimed at a recent security conference in Washington DC, 'represents a potential Achilles heel for our financial stability and physical security if the networks we are creating are not protected.' 'The thinking enemy that we confront is going to school on our network vulnerabilities.' He said that there were 'known adversaries conducting research on information attacks,' including 'intelligence services, military organisations and non-state actors.'"



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