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Al Qaeda Cyber Attack?

The US government has warned of possible al Qaeda cyber attacks against online stock trading and banking sites:

The source, a person familiar with the warning, said the Islamic militant group aimed to penetrate and destroy the databases of the U.S. financial sites.


The Department of Homeland Security confirmed an alert had been distributed but said there was no reason to believe the threat was credible.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a "situational awareness report to industry stakeholders," said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke.

The warning said the threat called for attacks to begin Friday and run through the month of December in retaliation for the United States keeping terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.

"Denial of service is what it called for," said a Homeland Security official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A person familiar with the warning said the threat came from a group calling itself "ANHIAR al-Dollar." The effort was related to al Qaeda and intended to avenge "Muslim brothers in the crusaders' Guantanamo prison camp," the source said.

They can't use real bombs, so they are forced to revert to cyber bombs.


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My gosh! This is almost as ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

My gosh! This is almost as scary as the DHS warning on fax machines and eco-terrorists!

Horrible tactics such as:
"sending continuous faxes in order to drain the ink supply from company fax machines"

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/dhs-extremists/?resultpage=1&

jp2, you'll be whining when... (Below threshold)
Tony:

jp2, you'll be whining when one of the attacks hits your bank and you can't pay for your internet to whine on wizbang.

Ha ha ha! Good one Tony ,... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Ha ha ha! Good one Tony ,lol.

"They can't use real bombs,... (Below threshold)

"They can't use real bombs, so they are forced to revert to cyber bombs."

If they were successful, it would be more financially devastating than 9/11. I don't know about you all, but I do almost everything online these days.

So long as they don't take ... (Below threshold)

So long as they don't take away my porn, I couldn't give a crap. It's defending people in the real world that is my Presidents duty, not some faggot cyber geek.

-Steve Niles

Unfortunately a lot more da... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Unfortunately a lot more damage can be done to the U.S. Econmy through the use of "cyber bombs" than through the use of conventional bombs. You don't have to martyr yourself to apply them either.

Blaming Al-Quaeda for something like this would make nice cover for other countries/entities that would like to do us grevious economic harm.

For this kind of attack, those "Cyber Geeks," are the first line of defense, and some are very, very good.

This isn't even a real thre... (Below threshold)

This isn't even a real threat. It's just something Al Qaeda wants to do, not something they can actually make good on.

If the threat isn't credible, as they say, why release it to the public?

Well shucks boys, you got m... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Well shucks boys, you got me! HAHAHAHA

On the other hand, wouldn't... (Below threshold)
LJD:

On the other hand, wouldn't it also affect the NYT, CNN propaganda machine in some part?

Actually, I work at a bank.... (Below threshold)

Actually, I work at a bank. We're pretty dang small (only 3 branches total), but we back up all of our information every night. I'm sure larger banks back things up at least that often, so unless al-Qaeda also physically breaks into the buildings where the backup servers are and destroys those, this should be nothing more than a nuisance.

You can get a DSL line run ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

You can get a DSL line run into a cave or spider hole... we truly live in an age of techno-wonders

How many pairs of underwear... (Below threshold)
jp2:

How many pairs of underwear do you guys go through in a week?

Don't be so scared - we'll be ok.

Uh, jp2, dear, who's acting... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Uh, jp2, dear, who's acting scared?
Seriously, ignore your preconceived narrative for once and evaluate things on their merits.

Seriously, ignore your p... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Seriously, ignore your preconceived narrative for once and evaluate things on their merits.

OK, let's. A denial of service attack? Puh-lease. That's something 12 year olds do for fun. It's the equivalent of phoning a bank over and over so no customers can get through. Or tying up the phones of a Democratic campaign office.

Yes, a DoS attack can effectively disable a server so you can't connect to it. That is, until the bank's IT guy notices and routes around it. Oh, the horror!

Conservatives should learn a bit more about what frightens them before crapping their pants.

Brian, again, who is acting... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Brian, again, who is acting scared? You and your little pal jp2 are the only two engaging in hyperbole. The next closest thing is Timmer stating that cyber attack could be more than a minor inconvenience.
Seriously. Point out who is acting so scared. Or can you?

Buncha worrywarts. Next thi... (Below threshold)
Don'tConsiderThePossibilites;BuryYourHead:

Buncha worrywarts. Next thing you know, you're going to say they're going to try to highjack jumbo jets and fly them into skyscrapers. Or leave bombs on busses or trains.

Yeah, right. They would never try to do that.

So, the answer is "No, I ca... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So, the answer is "No, I cannot back up my bullshit"




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