The US authorities are more worried about a simultaneous attack on their banks’ IT systems and a physical attack on the postal system than any other terrorist threat.
The new US director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, told a conference in Washington that the combination of a successful hacking attempt and contamination of the US postal service with a substance such as anthrax was a bigger worry than suicide bombers or nuclear weapons.
McConnell said, “If someone were to have a sophisticated attack on our financial services systems at the same time as they mailed the equivalent of anthrax through the US postal service, we would have major disruption.”
He was speaking at the US Army’s Chemical and Biological Defense conference.
McConnell is an intelligence and information security specialist who advised the White House on the security of the US’s most important IT systems during the 1990s. He replaced John Negroponte as director of national intelligence on 20 February.
Mike McConnell’s career in national intelligence
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