A decade after releasing its report on U.S. unpreparedness ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the 9/11 Commission has released a new assessment on the growing threat of cyber-terrorism.
“One lesson of the 9/11 story is that, as a nation, Americans did not awaken to the gravity of the terrorist threat until it was too late,” the commission wrote in a new report on the 10th anniversary of the original, which revealed the intelligence failures that led to the hijacking of four planes by Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization.
Military and intelligence officials including recently retired U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have repeatedly warned the U.S. is vulnerable to a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” scale attack on its digital front, according to The Hill.
One unnamed former agency official quoted in the report said the U.S. is at “September 10th levels in terms of cyber preparedness,” as evidenced by multiple successful cyber attacks on U.S. defense and infrastructure companies in recent years, which have been traced back to countries including China and Russia.
Full article: 9/11 Commission Warns US Unprepared For A Possible ‘Cyber-Pearl Harbor’ (The Daily Caller)