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High street could be target of cyber crime

Date: April 26, 2008

Computer hackers have warned that high street shops and chains could become victims of cyber terrorism, the BBC has reported.

The 'experts' were part of the Hackers Panel at the InfoSec security conference in London this week.

Members of the panel warned that western businesses could be targeted by cyber crime for religious and political reasons.

Steve Armstrong of the SANS Institute for information security training told the BBC: 'If someone wants to have a pop at the UK they are unlikely to go for the government web servers. They will go for the lower hanging fruit, companies which are seen as good representatives of the country.'

Roberto Preatoni, founder of Zone-H, a cyber crime monitoring site, spoke of the 'beauty' of asymmetric warfare.

'You don't need a lot of money, or an army of people. You can do it from the comfort of your living room, with a beer in your hand,' he said, the BBC reported.

At the beginning of the month at the San Francisco RSA conference, the world's biggest IT gathering, the US homelands security chief likened security threats in cyberspace to the tragedy of 9/11.

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