The U.S. government has notified U.S. private financial services of a
call by the al-Qaida terrorist network for a cyber attack against U.S.
online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, officials
I smell Zapatistas.
If there is one set of institutions that tends to take cyber security seriously it is financials. Unlike any number of government institutions (most recently the Naval War College) there isn’t a hole or back door around every byte. Terrorist cyber capability, while potentially formidable, has yet to move beyond propaganda and the most basic attack methodologies (stuff that is pushing a decade in age – which is like fighting F-18s with Sopwith camels).
Hey, they could surprise us, but I wouldn’t count on it.
If they really wanted to be taken seriously, they’d leverage insiders, but since that’s the most dangerous and least understood problem of them all (political issues notwithstanding) of course there is little or no serious defense.