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British cybercops probe virus terror link

National Hi-Tech Crime Unit preparing for digital attacks from terror groups. Britain’s high-tech crime task force is investigating links between virus writers and extremist groups as it prepares defences for a possible attack, a top law enforcement officer has told Reuters. The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has started working with antivirus firms to identify patterns in the source code of the most damaging internet worms and virus programs so as to determine whether they are the work of organised subversive groups or crime syndicates. The hope is that buried somewhere in the lines of code will be clues to the author’s identity, motive and possibly, future acts of sabotage. Of the dozens of viruses and worms that emerge on the internet each week, none has been traced back to organised crime or subversives aiming to disrupt a country’s infrastructure. But as increasingly sophisticated programs surface, some capable of knocking vast computer networks offline, law enforcement officials are preparing themselves for this type of cyber warfare. Full Story

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