National Cyberterrorism Conference

In the last two years, various nation states and unidentified attackers have shown that relatively low-cost cyber attacks can disrupt a nation’s economy and threaten its critical infrastructure. That ability and threat is attractive to foreign terrorist organizations that increasingly seek to conduct asymmetric attacks on the U.S. from abroad.

In 2010, over 30% of all malware ever created was released on the internet, China was able to divert 15% of internet traffic to its servers, and the Stuxnet virus showed that a nation’s critical infrastructure could be disabled through technological means. Al-Qaeda also launched Inspire Magazine online, which served to radicalize terrorists using the internet as a means to distribute terrorist propaganda, and to inspire physical attacks on the homeland.