Iraq tensions could spawn 'global hacking'
Global hacking may increase as the United States and Iraq move closer to war, the FBI warned Wednesday. Activity could include Web site defacement and “zombie” denial of service attacks. Much of the nation’s vital infrastructure — such as communications, transportation and utilities — remains dependent upon online computer systems. The new warning came in the midst of extraordinary security precautions in the nation’s capital, where officials said the threat of terrorism is greater than at any time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The national terrorism advisory has been raised from “elevated” to “high,” its second-highest level. But an FBI spokesman said Wednesday the hacking warning is not based on any specific intelligence. Full Story