FBI Issues Cyberattack Advisory
Escalating tensions between the United States and Iraq could lead to increase in illegal cyber activity, warns FBI.The FBIs cybersecurity arm is warning that the imminent threat of war with Iraq and escalating tensions with North Korea could lead to increased attacks against U.S. networks. "Recent experience has shown that during a time of increased international tension, illegal cyber activity often escalates," the FBIs warning says. This activity can be state sponsored or can originate within another country which is party to the tension. It can be state sponsored or encouraged or come from domestic organizations or individuals independently. As tensions rise, it is prudent to be aware of, and prepare for this type of illegal activity." The clearest example of these kinds of politically motivated attacks is the brief increase in activity between Chinese and American hackers during the spy plane crisis in 2001. Security experts say there were numerous incidents in which U.S.-based hackersor those sympathetic to the American stance on the issuedefaced Chinese-owned Web sites, and vice versa.
The attacks followed an incident in which a U.S. surveillance plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet, killing the Chinese pilot.