Al Qaeda to hit bank web sites

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

The US government has warned that terrorist network Al Qaeda may be planning a cyber attack against financial institutions in the US.

The US Computer Security Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has issued a warning to financial institutions telling them to brace themselves for an attack.

According to CERT, part of the Department of Homeland Security, threats were found on an Islamist web site calling for attacks against financial web sites from this month. Whilst not dismissing the threat, experts have told organisations not to panic as terrorist cyber attacks have largely been the subject of academic discussion as opposed to being an issue that organisations are actively considering.

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