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12/01/2006 02:19 PM ID: 58658 Permalink   

Islamic Extremists May Cyber-Attack Stock Exchange and Banks


The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning that Islamic extremists may be about to target US financial institutions in revenge for incarcerating Muslims at Guantanamo Bay.

Officials say that they are erring on the side of caution by issuing the alert and don't expect any major problems. Physical and virtual security have both been stepped up at most major financial institutions since September 11.

The threat comes from a posting on a "Jihadist Web site" calling all Muslims with computer skills to use viruses to destroy American economic sites from now until "until the infidel new year".

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  this is hilarious!  
"now cover up well sweety, cover your legs too you don't want a terrorist to attack you while you sleep, good night"
  by: DarkAngelJG     12/01/2006 03:45 PM     
Considering all I have ever seen of a Jihadist training involoves acts such as "how to behead the Infadel" - just how Geeky is the average Jihadist as to beach financial sites?
  by: Discarded Vet   12/01/2006 04:22 PM     
  @Discarded Vet  
Just remember that Indonesia, Pakistan, and India have large emerging tech industries. Since these countries are very large areas for groups to recruit from, I am sure they will find many IT savvy people that are disillusioned by world politics or religious or cultural issues.
  by: slavefortheman     12/01/2006 04:31 PM     
  @Discarded Vet  
With all due respect, if the people fighting the war on terror share your attitude, we're in serious trouble. I don't know whether you just meant to mock the terrorists or if that's your honest opinion, but the typical terrorist is educated and skilled. The training they receive at their camps is rather sophisticated. Here are a few sources:

From a profile of Al Qaeda No. 3 Khalid Sheik Mohammed: "His English was flawless and he completed an accelerated engineering degree at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, in just two and a half years. He graduated from the university in 1986 before following his older brother Zahed to Peshawar during the Afghan war against the Soviets. It was there that he met with Usama bin Laden and eventually joined Al-Qaeda."

  by: lĀ“anglais     12/01/2006 07:52 PM     
Why would they release the report if they think nothing will happen? Where is the logic?

Also, they're probably using windows viruses. Many servers today are unix/linux servers. But don't tell them that.
  by: Dark_Stang   12/01/2006 07:56 PM     
Actually from working with many Chinese and Korean developers I have found that most actually already work with Linux or BSD and several other Unix variants. Plus a lot of the people themselves would use these OS's on their home computers rather than windows because they simply couldn't afford windows. The ones that usually had copies of Windows were running pirated copies generally. I'm betting the same is probably true from people in Iran, Iraq, etc. or any other place where recruiting these types of people is done. Plus real hackers will always choose Linux over windows any day!
  by: slavefortheman     12/01/2006 08:28 PM     
  @Discarded Vet  
Not to cry wolf or anything but there is an islamic term - called Takfeeri or something of that pronounciation.

It means modern muslim who blends into any community with shaven beard, western educated and highly skilled in whatever.

But don't think they're are millions situated around the world ready to's all a western fear campaign... it's fantastic I am part of one. Damn.
  by: mr-anderson   12/02/2006 02:22 PM     
  some poor views : /  
..and we wonder why there is so much tension. Remember these are the folks that gave us the zero, alcohol, cartography, sailing. To a large extent also philosophy from hellenist persia/egypt.

Computer skills are there to learn. In the UK one of their biggest problems at the moment is phishing scams from Nigeria.

Most people of european lineage is decendants of Iranian/Persian/Arabian ancestors. They are the cradle of modern civilisation, literally, and they made us. Show some respect
  by: pornohippy   12/02/2006 07:47 PM     
So the arabs made all that?

Funny, I thought it was the greeks.

Either way, they did what in the past millenium?

Now, onto the story.

Al-queda was originaly a database used to gather information.
They know there computers.

However, they already tried something like this, a massive attack against the internets route IP computers, it failed.
  by: GogeVandire   12/03/2006 04:12 PM     
  @ goge  
maybe it was centuries ago, you still use these things today.

another thing, many of the inventions/ cures on the news have arabic names in them (scientits); but i guess someone negative about something wouldn't realise the name they would only realise that it happened in the Uk, US or whatever country that person imigrated to/was born in.
you might like this:
  by: DarkAngelJG     12/03/2006 06:32 PM     
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