View Full Version : DHS experts now warn of a broad Syria Cyber War

09-01-2013, 08:16 AM

Washington (CNN) --

"Server Not Found."

Those three ominous words -- especially for an organization in the highly competitive news business -- were seen on computer screens nationwide as customers tried to access The New York Times website this week. The newspaper's site was crippled for more than 20 hours.

A notorious group of hackers called the Syrian Electronic Army (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/tech/syrian-electronic-army/index.html?iref=allsearch) claimed responsibility.

Beyond the crippling of one high-profile newspaper website, the incident has people asking broader questions about U.S. cybersecurity: How vulnerable are U.S. websites to attack? Who are our potential cyberenemies? Is there more to come?

The answers aren't comforting: Computer and homeland security experts now warn of a broader cyberwar if the U.S. launches military strikes on Syria.
Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute (http://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/) at George Washington University, believes the Syrian Electronic Army will likely strike again -- and might have help.

"If they did work with some of their allies -- with Iran, if they were to get some support from China and Russia -- then the game changes quickly," Cilluffo said. "It escalates in terms of capability."

The Syrian Electronic Army might not be the most sophisticated gathering of hackers at the moment, but experts say its shown the ability to wreak plenty of havoc -- primarily with media outlets so far.

Such attacks can be costly.

tod evans
09-01-2013, 08:20 AM
Well good God!

Some internet gremlins fucked with the NYT...

This must be justification to unleash the US war machine..:rolleyes:

09-01-2013, 08:36 AM
BLOWBACK... like clockwork!