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ANALYSIS: Warnings About Cyber-terrorism Are Overblown

In Malaysia, an anti-war hacker has vowed to unleash a voracious computer virus if America launches an attack on Iraq. A hacking group calling itself the Iron Guards is threatening “suicide cyber-attacks” if war occurs. And the pro-Islamic, underground cyber-outfit USG, which in September hacked three computer systems hosted by AOL Time Warner, has already defaced Web sites with messages criticizing an Iraq invasion. These and other cyber-threats have spurred some computer security experts to fret that war with Iraq could spawn waves of retaliatory hacking against the U.S. government and businesses. “As the imminent U.S. … action on Iraq gains momentum, we are expecting more attacks of a similar nature,” D.K. Matai, chief executive of the London computer security firm mi2g, said recently. Also apparently worried is the FBI. Full Story

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