FBI Director Robert Mueller gave a speech to an Internet security conference yesterday where he voiced his concerns over Internet threats and gave a bold warning of the importance of security at all levels, from the government to the home user.

“Terrorists have shown a clear interest in pursuing hacking skills and they will either train their own recruits or hire outsiders with an eye toward combining physical attacks with cyber attacks,” Mueller said.

He noted a cyber attack could have the same impact as a “well-placed bomb.”

Mueller did not specify a particular government, but did state that there are nations out there using the internet for espionage.  If you pay attention to the news you know of one country he was referring to.  China has attempted to hack into the United States government computers on multiple occasions.

Recently, as a show of good faith, China “shut down” a hacker training school, but all that means is they were moved somewhere else.  Hackers don’t go away that easily.

In January, Google Inc, the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine, said it had detected a sophisticated online attack on its systems that originated in China and said it believed at least 20 other companies had been targeted.

As I blogged about yesterday, the Mariposa botnet has 13 million computers under control.  The majority of them are home users who don’t realize that everything they are doing on their computer is being recorded and when they are not using their computer, the hackers are using it to launch coordinated attacks against businesses, government, schools, and other major networks.

Your computer could be used in this cyber war.  You not only need to make sure your computer is secure, but your friends and family also.  The last thing you want is to be blamed for trying to hack into the pentagon.

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