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Threat of Cyber Terrorism 'Real and Expanding' says FBI Director Mueller

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Threat of Cyber Terrorism 'Real and Expanding' says FBI Director Mueller - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe threat from terrorists using cyberspace as another attack vector is growing, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller. “The FBI, with our partners in the intelligence community, believe the cyber terrorism threat is real, and it is rapidly expanding,” he said.

Mueller stated that, while large scale cyber attacks by terrorists which destroy a network  have not yet occurred, terrorists “have executed numerous denial-of-service attacks. And they have defaced numerous websites, including Congress“™ website following President Obama“™s State of the Union speech.”

The terrorist presence on the web has continued to grow in the past decade, with terrorists utilizing the Internet for recruitment, training grassroots terrorists and disseminating propaganda.

“The Internet is not only used to plan and execute attacks; it is a target in and of itself. Usama bin Laden long ago identified cyberspace as a means to damage both our economy and our psyche“”and countless extremists have taken this to heart,” Mueller said. “Terrorists have shown a clear interest in pursuing hacking skills. And they will either train their own recruits or hire outsiders, with an eye toward combining physical attacks with cyber attacks.”

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