Snowden cyber defenders may terrorize US like Al-Qaeda, ex-NSA chief warns

Michael Hayden, the former head of CIA and NSA, speculated on the possibility of a massive hacker attack on America perpetrated by “sex-starved” activists in retaliation for prosecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“If and when our government grabs Edward Snowden and brings
him back here to the United States for trial, what does this
group do?”
the retired Air Force general asked Tuesday in a
what he confessed to be a deliberately provocative speech to a
Washington group, the Bipartisan Policy Center.

The general was referring to hackers and groups concerned with
internet transparency, whom he described as “nihilists,
anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous, twentysomethings who
haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years”.

Hayden speculated that Snowden supporters would come after the US
government, if such a development occurs, but would find it
difficult to attack ‘dot-mils’, the well-protected military
computer networks in the .mil internet domain.

“So if they can’t create great harm to dot-mil, who are they
going after? Who for them are the World Trade Centers? The World
Trade Centers, as they were for Al-Qaeda,”
the general asked,
as cited by The Guardian.

He didn’t elaborate on his ominous implication and didn’t
describe a cyber-attack scenario, which could be compared to the
September 11, 2001, destruction of the WTC. Hayden clarified that
he was being “entirely speculative, not predictive.”

“I’m just trying to illustrate that you’ve got a group of
people out there who make demands, whose demands may not be
satisfiable [sic], may not be rational, from other points of
view, may not be the kinds of things that government can
accommodate,”
Hayden said.

Hayden headed the NSA between 1999 and 2005 before leaving for
the CIA. Under him the agency with a mission to collect foreign
intelligence began dragnet surveillance of domestic phone records
and internet communications under the powers of the Patriot Act.

The practices were made public this year by former NSA contractor
Edward Snowden, who is currently residing in Russia. Moscow
granted him temporary asylum, rejecting US demands to hand him
over for prosecution on espionage charges.

Republished from: RT