Cyber Attacks by Islamic Terrorists on U.S. Computer Infrastructure

“Investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network also learned that some of the attack plans could possibly be facilitated by employees working in critical positions within the computer industry who already have access to key operational information -“ for example, systems operators and analysts. These operatives of Islamic terrorist organizations, or some who merely sympathize with the objectives of the Islamic terrorists, have been in place as “sleepers” for many years and are in a position to create a lot of havoc with little effort.” –By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

1 December 2006: Information found on various Arabic language web sites lists computer databases of banks, brokerage houses, and other key financial computer systems and information repositories as “prime targets” by Islamic terrorists, according to federal officials contacted by the Northeast Intelligence Network.

According to information obtained by Northeast Intelligence Network investigators, members of various Islamic terrorist groups both inside and outside of North America are pooling their collective talents to exploit any known or potential weaknesses of the computer systems that house consumer information and facilitate operations at the point-of-sale (P.O.S.) levels. The results of this latest investigation suggests that the attacks against government, financial and retail computer operations are to start immediately and continue through the end of the year with the objective to cause economic havoc during the traditionally busy holiday season.

Targets include the most obvious, from “virtual storefronts,” to the programs that serve as support mechanisms fro such operations. “It is not just the retail operation a consumer sees that is at risk,” stated one law enforcement official. In this case, it appears that the objective is to maliciously affect commerce through large-scale “denial of service attacks, and not collect personal data such as credit card of personal consumer information,” added this source.

The Northeast Intelligence Network learned hours ago that other targets also include computers controlling the function of computerized gasoline pumps and localized banking systems. Investigators from the Northeast Intelligence Network also learned that some of the attack plans could possibly be facilitated by employees working in critical positions within the computer industry who already have access to key operational information - for example, systems operators and analysts. These operatives of Islamic terrorist organizations, or some who merely sympathize with the objectives of the Islamic terrorists, have been in place as “sleepers” for many years and are in a position to create a lot of havoc with little effort.