Cyber-attacks could become the crusade of choice for terrorists in the future. James Comey, FBI director, raised the possibility in Aspen, Colorado on Wednesday. He advised an audience that the FBI is “picking up signs of increasing interest”, that suggest terrorists care to use the cyber-world to advance their causes.
Cyber-warfare with terrorist groups could develop issues for the US due to the difficulty of protecting financial, infrastructure and government networks online.
The Wall Street Journal describes that “US officials have spent years trying to protect things like water-treatment plants, electrical grids, and the banking system for debilitating cyber-attacks, but they remain wary because criminal gangs and sophisticated nation-state hackers have proven adept at breaking through networks.”
The FBI is looking at hundreds of people across the US as part of active terrorism-related investigations. One case that they are carefully investigating is Mohammod Abdulazeez, the man who allegedly shot and killed five military members last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The agency has found that ISIS and Al Qaeda have two very different recruiting styles. Al Qaeda spends time looking into a person's background, sending them on small missions as a test. ISIS targets “often unstable, troubled drug users” to carry out attacks in the US.