During a recent off-the-record meeting, a senior government official warned that cyber attacks on United States in 2013 will be worse than they were in 2012, a year during which they reached a peak. (Participants were free to use what they were told, but not to disclose the names or venue).
Arab countries are moving to adopt a unified strategy to combat cyber terrorism at a time experts say extremist groups are increasingly using the internet to finance and direct their operations.
Security experts and observers in the Gulf region have increasingly called for legislation across the Arab world to consolidate databases of wanted individuals and to curtail online forums and websites that promote extremism and recruit people to carry out acts of terrorism.
As athletes compete for Olympic gold, a different group will seek international recognition — online hackers.
Olympic security officials are bracing for an onslaught of cyber assaults that could easily surpass the 12 million attacks a day, or 500,000 an hour, that were logged during the Beijing Olympics four years ago.
"From the hacker's perspective, this is the mother of all opportunities," said Larry Ponemon, president of the Ponemon Institute, an Internet think tank.
News has emerged of a German police seizure of a large cache of Al-Qaeda’s internal documents disguised as pornography. They outline the terrorist network’s plans for possible attacks in Europe, including hijacking a cruise liner.
The documents were found by the German Federal Criminal Police in mid-March 2011 after they arrested a man called Maqsood Lodin. Investigators suspect that the Austrian received training in a terrorist camp in Pakistan and was planning to establish a sleeper cell in Germany.
A top Saudi hacker who targeted Israel and Jews has died at age 28, Saudi media reported Sunday. The man, who was not named, died of an asthma attack brought on by summer sandstorms.
The hacker, who called himself “Cyber Terrorist,” was known for hacking well-protected sites including Microsoft. He targeted Jewish and Israeli sites in particular, as well as a site belonging to Danish cartoonists who drew cartoons of Mohammed.