Future hacking: how vulnerable is the net?

Monday, 4 November 2002, 6:19 PM EST

In a recent report on terrorism, the CIA stated, "Cyberwarfare attacks against our critical infrastructure systems will become an increasingly viable option for terrorists."

According to the report, various terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hizballah, are becoming more adept at using the Internet and computer technologies, and the FBI is monitoring an increasing number of cyber threats.

The report singled out a group called Aleph as the terrorist entity that places the highest level of importance on developing cyber skills. "This group identifies itself as a cyber cult and derives millions of dollars a year from computer retailing," it stated.

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