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TERRORISM: Terrorists using the net

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posted on Feb, 21 2005 @ 05:43 AM
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Cyberfraud, ranging from credit card theft to money laundering, is the latest wrinkle in terrorists' use of the Internet.

In dozens of incidents the past few months, groups linked to terrorism have stolen credit card numbers over the Internet, laundered money and hijacked Web sites, security experts say.

 



www.usatoday.com
For several years, groups including al-Qaeda have used cyberspace for communications, recruiting and propaganda. Now they've branched into other areas. Credit card numbers are often swiped through hacking attacks and phishing, fraudulent e-mails that trick consumers into surrendering personal information.

There are indications terrorists may next steal trade secrets from U.S. companies as their computer skills improve and they begin to work with organized crime in Eastern Europe. The stolen documents could then be sold to rogue foreign businesses or held for ransom, security experts say.



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So the internet is the next step for terrorism attacks. Eventually we will be told to put our details on the web 'at our own risk'. If terrorists managed to hack government sites this could cause a great sense of insecrurty. If the government can't defend their own site how will many big businesses.

Related News Links:
www.usatoday.com
www.adl.org
www.csmonitor.com
www.newsfactor.com




posted on Feb, 21 2005 @ 06:55 AM
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Terrorists/Insurgents must, by definition, seek the weakest chink in the armor. How much bigger or weaker chink is there than information? By that same token, how much bigger or weaker chink is there than on line information? The Internet will, for many years, if not forever, be a great method to apply terrorism or insurgency.



posted on Feb, 21 2005 @ 09:10 AM
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there was another story about porn on the internet and how it should be 'policed'..( can't find the link..) the govt is taking baby steps torwards expanding the 'war on terror' to the internet. invading countries because they harbor 'internet terrorists'.. monitering your use because, in this day and age in AMERIKA, you are under suspicion untill proven innocent.



posted on Feb, 21 2005 @ 11:52 AM
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This is just rubbish...
Okay fine so now the populus is getting exposed to what the internet is.. big deal.. I'm sorry but Credit Card Fraud and "Cyber Crimes" like that have been going on for COUNTLESS years... it's nothing new.. I'd appreciate it if people supplied the news in a realistic way. Propaganda crap. Okay we get your points, the internet can be used by terrorists... Duh..

Folks NONE of this is NEW information and should simply be disregarded.. if you couldn't come to this conclusion yourself theres something wrong with your perceptions....
Yeh wouldn't wanna let everyone know about all the Phreakers, Hackers, Crackers and Couriers, etc roaming around causing problems..



posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 09:02 PM
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I think that if some towel head uses my credit card, or any others in Iraq or some forien country, I'm sure people will know.



posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 12:38 AM
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Originally posted by clearmind
there was another story about porn on the internet and how it should be 'policed'..( can't find the link..) the govt is taking baby steps torwards expanding the 'war on terror' to the internet. invading countries because they harbor 'internet terrorists'.. monitering your use because, in this day and age in AMERIKA, you are under suspicion untill proven innocent.

If they manage to succeed in bringing some of these cyberthieves to justice then I say, good for them.

I'm not sure about how things are where you are, but in my America I can surf the net as freely as a bird. You want examples of cyber-censorship, go to China.



posted on Mar, 1 2005 @ 12:44 PM
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They're just figuring this out now? Derrrrr
. This may have been helpful to investigate 4 years ago!!! This is no surprise to the industry post-attack. Maybe I should get a job at usatoday, I'd be a fountain of knowledge!


[edit on 1-3-2005 by saint4God]



posted on Mar, 1 2005 @ 01:59 PM
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I find it hard to believe that our goverment cares...

i once tried to report a very official looking website that was "helping" nigerian 419 scam victims... it was actually run by the scammers... and people paid them to help fight them... (wonder if they were succesful).

I was refered thru 8 different agencys. I finally was refered to the secret service (why?)
they told me that they would take the name of the website and look into it...
it was still up and running the last time i looked...



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