Evidence has surfaced that Al Qaeda is plotting to launch massive cyber attacks to disable the electric grid and other parts of the American infrastructure, according to ABC News.
A recent Al Qaeda video noted that American computer networks are as vulnerable as aviation security was on September 11, 2001, when its terrorists boarded four different airplanes with small knives which they used to force the planes to crash into various high-value targets, killing nearly 3,000 people.
The video was released Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and it calls for the "covert mujahidin" cyber attacks.
"This is the clearest evidence we've seen that Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups want to attack the cyber systems of our critical infrastructure," stated committee chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman.
“It's clear that Al Qaeda is exploring all means to do us harm and this is evidence that our critical infrastructure is a target,” ABC quoted Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins as saying. "This video is troubling as it urges Al Qaeda adherents to launch a cyber attack on America," she said.
Officials have pointed out that Al Qaeda terrorists can easily obtain information from professional criminal hackers in order to learn how to attack the American infrastructure and literally cripple the entire country.
“The Homeland Security Committee says the Department of Homeland Security received more than 50,000 reports of cyber intrusions or attempted intrusions since October, an increase of 10,000 reports over the same period the previous year,” ABC reported.