Al-Qaida wants to join forces with Russian and Chinese hackers to launch a series of devastating cyberattacks on the United States, national security columnist Bill Gertz says.
“An al-Qaida website recently posted a notice calling for major attacks on vital U.S. infrastructure,’’ Gertz tells Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
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“Basically [they are] calling jihadists hackers to join together in this attack. They called it ‘Operation Black Summer.’ So, presumably, it’s going to unfold in the coming weeks.
“We’ve been victimized, to a great extent, by Chinese hacks and the Russians are also up there; the Iranians as well. Now, it looks like al-Qaida’s trying to get into the game.’’
Gertz, a Washington Free Beacon senior editor and Washington Times columnist, said the U.S. is not doing enough to prepare for a possible assault by the Islamist terror group founded by Osama bin Laden.
“The Obama Administration doesn’t like offense. They’re in the appeasement mode,’’ he said.
“For the most part and they have decided and announced that they’re not going to use offensive cyber counterattacks against attackers or others who conduct digital espionage attacks. So we’re kind of at a disadvantage.’’
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Gertz said the hackers are likely to focus on two types of attack.
“One is an attack on our electrical, which can take it down. The other is an attack on our financial system. That would be catastrophic.’’
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