The Institute for Cyber Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio said "The stealthy and sophisticated nature of some recent attacks and their ability to bypass detection tools in well-managed networks suggests that the attackers are highly organized and possibly originate from nation states," and "The lack of obvious means of monetizing the information gathered by these attacks is further evidence for a deeper and longer-term motive. There is enough published in the public domain to suggest that the attackers are ultimately interested in gathering vital national security and infrastructure information in preparation for possible cyberwarfare or cyberterrorism against the U.S." (7 ).
In May of 2006 Mike McConnell the Director of National Intelligence Told the Bush administration that if through cyber attack "the 9/11 perpetrators had focused on a single U.S. bank through a cyber attack and . . . been successful, it would have had an order-of-magnitude greater impact on the U.S. economy." (8 ).
Ill wishers don't need technical experience A professional hacker could be hired for $25,000.00 and the chance is remote the hacker could ever be traced (9).
Attacks on US government computers increased from 3,928 incidents in 2007 to 5,488 in 2008. the reason for the attacks is to gain military secrets, or commit asymmetric warfare. Brad Curran of Frost & Sullivan senior aerospace & defense said, "They can mess up a country and cause panic," and noted "If we're that easy a target, then we're not doing all we can."(10 ) .
Purdue University security expert Eugene Spafford, said "In many respects, we are probably worse off than we were 20 years ago," and continued "because all the money has been devoted to patching the current problem rather than investing in the redesign of our infrastructure ." (11 ).
Director of Web security firm Symantec's global intelligence network Dean Turner said "The growth of security threats is astronomical. 1.6 million new malicious threats were registered in 2008, a 165% increase," (12 ).