The Untouchables have warned that it is only a matter of time before hackers bring down the servers of the government in the Land of the Free.
Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the FBI warned Congress of terrorist hacking when he was asking them for more cash in the “FBI Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2013.”
Mueller said that so far terrorists have not used the Internet to launch a full-scale cyber attack, but that does not mean that anyone should underestimate their intent.
He said that terrorists have shown interest in pursuing hacking skills and are training their own recruits or hiring outsiders.
Mueller said these adaptations of the terrorist threat make the FBI’s counterterrorism mission that much more difficult.
According to ZDNet he told Congress how on February 28, 2012, the hacktivist group Anonymous hacked into a telephone conversation taking place between FBI authorities in New York and law enforcement in London.
It is not that clear if Congress is buying a cyber terrorist hacking attack on the US but there are indications that the FBI will get the extra cash.
Over the past year, the FBI has had some success against Anonymous and arrested 16 individuals in 10 states. Despite all this Anonymous continues to be rather busy.