WASHINGTON EXAMINER — The Justice Department’s top national security official said Wednesday that even hacks that look like traditional cyberattacks could have ties to terrorist groups.
In one example, John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for national security, said a company saw a hacker enter its networks and steal personally identifiable information, a fairly common type of attack.
Companies deal with cyberattacks like these hundreds of times a day and rarely report them to authorities, he said at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Washington Forum. In this case, the company did contact law enforcement, which was able to link the intrusion to Junaid Hussain, a British-born member of the Islamic State killed by a U.S. airstrike in August.
Carlin said the accused hacker was an extremist living in Malaysia who was providing the stolen personal information to Hussain. The terrorist was then culling through that to find information on employees and troops, and posting that info to Twitter, asking supporters to kill the people they identified.