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December 1, 2006, 12:45 am
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U.S. warns of possible Qaeda financial cyber attack 1 hour, 1 minute
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has warned U.S. private
financial services of an al Qaeda call for a cyber attack against U.S.
online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning Friday, officials
said on Thursday.
The officials -- a person familiar with the warning and a spokesman for
the Department of Homeland Security -- said the Islamic militant
group aimed to penetrate and destroy the databases of the U.S. stock
market and banking Web sites.
Homeland Security said it had no evidence to corroborate the threat but
had issued the warning out of an "abundance of caution." The department
said in a statement that the threat was for all of December.
"There is no information to corroborate this aspirational threat. As a
routine matter and out of an abundance of caution, US-CERT issued the
situational awareness report to industry stakeholders," said Homeland
Security spokesman Russ Knocke.
US-CERT is the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team. The U.S.
government said the threat was to avenge the holding of suspected
terrorists at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo.
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