FBI boss warns online threats will outpace terrorism

By | March 4, 2012

Source: The Register

by Iain Thomson

In this article “The head of the FBI warns that the threat to the US from online attacks will shortly become greater than that posed by terrorists.

“In the not too distant future we anticipate that the cyber threat will pose the number one threat to our country,” the FBI’s director Robert Mueller told delegates at the RSA 2012 conference in San Francisco. “We need to take lessons learned from terrorism and apply them to cybercrime.”

…The same is true of modern society, Mueller said. If the electronic systems on which society relies are removed, the result would be chaos and anarchy, he suggested. Interestingly, this goes against the advice of security guru Bruce Schneier, who pointed out that the purpose of terrorism is to terrorize, and if his phone doesn’t work he’d be annoyed, but hardly terrified.”

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