Cyber attacks called worse than al-Qaida
WASHINGTON (MCT) -- Cyber attacks and cyber espionage pose a greater potential danger to U.S. national security than al-Qaida and other militants that have dominated America's global focus since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation's top intelligence officials said Tuesday.
For the first time, the growing risk of computer-launched foreign assaults on U.S. infrastructure, including the power grid, transportation hubs and financial networks, was ranked higher in the U.S. intelligence community's annual review of worldwide threats than worries about terrorism, transnational organized crime, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The startling reappraisal comes a day after President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, complained of "cyber intrusions emanating from China on an unprecedented scale" and said China-based digital attacks on U.S. businesses and institutions had become "a key point of concern" for the White House.
"The international community cannot afford to tolerate such activity from any country," he warned in a speech in New York.