“In our investigations, we see a lot of very highly skilled engineers that are part of an extremist religious organization that get involved in hacking of one type or another,” Carr told Federal News Radio. The skill level [is] there.”
It begs the question: Why have the cyber terrorists not used their skills? Carr explained it is a generational issue: Heading those cells are older men, who prefer a physical type of attack, he said.
“Even if an Internet-savvy extremist were to propose some type of cyber attack, I suspect it would just get shelved,” Carr told Federal News Radio.
However, Carr anticipates that in the next seven or eight years, cyber terrorism will become more common as more Internet-savvy terrorists take on leadership positions, and the old leadership dies off.
The New New Internet spoke to Carr earlier this year about his thoughts on cyber warfare. Read the interview here.