‘Great likelihood’ of cyber attacks by terrorists’ You Don’t Say…
Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones said there was a risk, “likely to grow over time” that terrorists will develop “serious cyber-attack capabilities.”
She told a conference on online jihadism: “In some form, a cyber-attack attempted by terrorists, if not inevitable, is of so great a likelihood that we bear it in mind in developing operational capabilities.”
Lady Neville-Jones said the internet was “increasingly the key resource” that links al-Qaeda’s various groups and provides a tool for logistics, publicity and recruitment, helping spread techniques about weaponry, armaments and training and techniques for taking hostages, kidnapping and assassination.
From The Telegraph UK
Like any other group that would wish to attack the US or any other country, electronic means would also be something the attacker would try to leverage if they had the capability. It just so happens that the Jihadists are not anywhere near that yet. I am not sure how long it will take for them to get to that point, but, perhaps someday they will. As for now though, they are still learning to be adept at using the internet as a recruitment and C&C tool really.
What I have seen to date makes me more concerned about their ability to use the internet to communicate secretly than being able to carry out any kind of cyber attacks against the infrastructure to augment some sort of kinetic attacks. Mainly though, I have been saying much the same as Dame Neville, that the Jihadis have become more savvy and this is a problem. The other side of the problem is that all of this propaganda now has a wide audience online including places like YouTube where Shahidi videos abound. Dame Neville goes on to say;
“We find that ISPs respond to complaints from their customers more willingly than to complaints from governments.”
Lady Neville-Jones referred to the case of Roshonara Choudhry, who was jailed in November for stabbing the MP Stephen Timms, and had watched hours of extremist videos on Youtube.
The website was forced to take down many of the videos after the Daily Telegraph publicised the case and Lady Neville- Jones’s concerns.
A new police squad, the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit, has been set up to receive public complaints about extremist websites and take them down.
This comment was directed at the U.S. as the first amendment allows for some more latitude on the freedom to place such videos online and are harder therefore to remove before the radicalize someone to action. Of course I agree that some of the content should likely be pulled down, but, we do have the right to place such things up there and as I see it, the police should monitor those sites and users. If those people turn up to be posting more things elsewhere, my experience has shown that they will likely be radicalized enough to talk about action elsewhere.
Anyway, this article’s title stood out and really is just another hyped attempt by a reporter and news source to use the word cyber to attract attention.
Move along…. Nothing to see here…
EDIT: I have been reminded by the articles author that he did in fact include the quote: Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones said there was a risk, “likely to grow over time” that terrorists will develop “serious cyber-attack capabilities.” Which does put some perspective in there… CG, my apologies.