CIA to issue cyberterror intelligence estimate

Thursday, 26 February 2004, 6:10 PM EST

The CIA, working with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon, this week will publish the first-ever classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the threat of cyberterrorism against U.S. critical infrastructures.

News about the estimate, which was first requested in March 2000 by a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, came today during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on cyberterrorist threats and capabilities.

However, Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) expressed concern that the Department of Homeland Security has not focused enough high-level attention on the threat posed by terrorist-sponsored cyber disruptions or physical attacks against critical cyber infrastructures.

By Dan Verton at Computerworld.

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