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CIA plays cyberwar games

by Nikola Strahija on May 30th, 2005 The CIA is conducting a cyberwar game that simulates a major Internet attack by enemy computer hackers. Named "Silent Horizon," the three-day unclassified exercise is based on a scenario set five years in the future and involves participants from government and the private sector.

Members of the CIA’s Information Operations Center, which evaluates foreign threats to U.S. computer systems, particularly those that support critical infrastructures, were conducting the exercise in Charlottesville.

Cyberattacks, which have drawn less publicity than possible chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks, are viewed by U.S. officials as a potential al-Qaeda weapon against the U.S. economy.

Online crime has exploded in recent years, a result of organized crime groups based in Eastern Europe. But investigators so far have uncovered few links to Islamic extremists. But there are some signs that Islamic extremists are getting into the act. An Indonesian man named Imam Samudra, who was found guilty of the 2002 Bali nightclub blasts, included a chapter entitled "Hacking: Why Not?" in his autobiography.

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