ISIS has begun to attempt to bring cyberwarfare into their fight against the U.S. Their target is the U.S. power gird and the companies and agencies that comprise it.
Luckily for us, they are awful at it, using unsophisticated techniques and software purchased on the black market.
John Riggi, who works in a section chief at the FBI’s cyber division said this about ISIS’s hacking.
“Strong intent. Thankfully, low capability. But the concern is that they’ll buy that capability.”
Most of the hacks encountered come from domestic terrorists, hate groups, Russia and China.
From CNN Money:
The Islamic State is trying to hack American electrical power companies — but they are terrible at it.
U.S. law enforcement officials revealed the hack attempts on Wednesday at a conference of American energy firms who were meeting about national security concerns.
“ISIL is beginning to perpetrate cyberattacks,” Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security, told company executives.
Investigators would not reveal any details to CNNMoney — or cite evidence of specific incidents.
But they did say the attacks by the Islamic State have been unsuccessful. Terrorists are not currently using the most sophisticated hacking tools to break into computer systems and turn off or blow up machines.
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