Al-Qaeda in hacking war, says head of security firm

Al-Qaeda is using hacking techniques as part of its war against the US, the head of a security company which works for the US military has claimed.

Al-Qaeda is using hacking techniques as part of its war against the US, the head of a security company which works for the US military has claimed.

Paul Innella, chief executive of Tetrad Digital Integrity, told last week's WebSec Conference that a laptop recovered from a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan revealed that the group has been researching hacking techniques.

Innella claimed that the laptop contained information on how to map computer networks and exploit software vulnerabilities.

He also said the laptop had software capable of modelling the impact of an attack on a US dam and calculating the damage caused by a breach.

However, Innella said it was unlikely that Al-Qaeda had the capability to conduct a large-scale cyber attack.

The organisation is, however, using the internet to research potential targets and to communicate with members of the group, he said.

"Terrorists are using the internet for viruses, Trojans and research. A good deal of research allowed the 9/11 attacks to succeed," he said.

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