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Are we at risk for an ISIS cyberattack?

Are we at risk for an ISIS cyberattack?
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The ISIS militant group in Iraq and Syria has already made threats against the U.S. and even beheaded American and British hostages. The threat is so real that the president announced a plan to cooperate with over 40 countries to fight against the group. But, a traditional military conflict might not be the only thing Americans have to worry about.

ISIS, unlike many of the terrorist groups threatening our country in the past, has shown a knack for using technology to further its cause. It uses social media and the Internet to recruit and promote its actions and spread fear by posting the horrific beheadings online. It's even recruited a known hacker from England.

Abu Hussain Al Britani, a British hacker who has since moved to Syria and begun recruiting for ISIS, was jailed in 2012 for hacking into former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Gmail account. One of the more prominent tech-savvy ISIS supporters, Al Britani maintains a Twitter account that calls for new ISIS recruits.

Does ISIS' tech knowledge mean Americans should also be on the lookout for a cyberattack? We already know that some points in our digital infrastructure are vulnerable - state-sponsored hackers from China proved that by breaking into computers owned by U.S. companies and government contractors.

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