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US Government 'Hyping Cyber-terrorism'

Terrorists use bombs not computers, argues security expert Security expert Bruce Schneier has delivered a stinging rebuke to the US government for spreading fears of cyber-terrorism. Speaking at RSA Security’s cyber-terrorism discussion panel at CeBIT, Schneier explained that although criminals were getting online in ever increasing numbers there was no evidence that terrorists were following them. “I think the hype’s coming from the US government,” he said. “I don’t believe terrorists will attack the infrastructure with computers, they’ll use bombs. “If I were a terrorist I wouldn’t be looking at computers. If I can’t get my email for a day I’m not terrorised, just annoyed.” Schneier pointed out that when the US and the UK attacked the Yugoslav government, which had a well-developed electronic network, they used bombs because they were far more effective than cyber-attacks at shutting down infrastructure. Rainer Fahs, senior information security engineer for Nato air command and control, agreed that the US was responsible for hyping cyber-terrorism. “Critical military systems do not run over the internet. Where there have been break-ins on a military target, it’s on non-critical systems,” he said. Full Story

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