Threat of Islamic State (ISIS) Cyber Attack One of Biggest Fears Says U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
July 27, 2015
by Casey Harper
WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the threat of an Islamic State cyber attack is one of her biggest fears.
“Concern that ISIS or any of our foreign enemies might develop that capacity is the thing that keeps me and many of my colleagues in law enforcement up at night,” Lynch told ABC in an exclusive interview.
Lynch said the technological and social media prowess of the terrorist group are its greatest strength.
“It’s as serious — if not more serious a threat — than al Qaeda,” Lynch told ABC. “It is a dangerous, high-tempo threat environment.”
The Internet and social media allows ISIS to spread its message and recruit people around the world. A single ISIS-inspired person in America could carry out a disastrous attack.
ISIS has successfully recruited people, even young people from Western countries, through the Internet and social media.
Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who killed five military personnel, was not on government radar said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Abdulazeez, who was considered a Lone wolf, is shown here in a Hamilton County Sheriff mugshot.
“I think that it makes it harder to predict,” Lynch told ABC. “ I think it makes it harder to determine who’s going to succumb to the propaganda.”
The fear of a cyber attack has usually been centered around China, which has a history of sponsoring hackers to carry out cyber attacks on private companies as well as the Federal government.
The Office of Personnel Management hack, which stole the personal information of millions of Americans, is believed to be carried out by Chinese hackers. The OPM hack revealed how vulnerable American cyber defenses are, whether the hackers are from China or ISIS.
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