By Siobhan Gorman
Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2009
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at people with suspected
links to al Qaeda who have shown an interest in mounting an attack on
computer systems that control critical U.S. infrastructure, a senior
official told Congress Tuesday.
While there is no evidence that terrorist groups have developed
sophisticated cyber-attack capabilities, a lack of security protections
in U.S. computer software increases the likelihood that terrorists could
execute attacks in the future, the official warned.
If terrorists were to amass such capabilities, they would be wielded
with "destructive and deadly intent," Steven Chabinsky, deputy assistant
director of the FBI's Cyber Division, told the Senate Judiciary
"The FBI is aware of and investigating individuals who are affiliated
with or sympathetic to al Qaeda who have recognized and discussed the
vulnerabilities of the U.S. infrastructure to cyber-attack," Mr.
Chabinsky told the committee, without providing details.
Such infrastructure could include power grids and transportation
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