The head of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday warned that the technical sophistication of cyber terrorists is inundating the world’s ability to cope, and is calling for an accelerated cross-border campaign to combat cyber security threats.
Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of DHS, said the agency is increasingly recruiting local police forces to aid in tracking down extremists planning terrorists acts. She says the number of such “home-growns” is on the rise and DHS needs help in combating them.
“I have seen an increase in the number of violent extremists” inside the US, Napolitano said. “While the Internet has a lot of good things, it is also an accelerant” for extremists.
“Most countries don’t even have a legal framework that really governs cyber. It is such a new phenomenon in that regard so the legal systems — both domestic and international — have not kept pace with the technological advances we have seen,” Napolitano told Reuters.
“And that is just the plain fact of it. We need to accelerate that in response,” she told reporters in Vienna.