With the government taking steps to brief regulators and with the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issuing a warning, there may be some cause for concern. However, Smith is unsure that al-Qaeda has the resources to launch such a cyber attack.
"Clearly, there are plenty of people out there who know how to break into computer systems. It happens all the time where systems is not particularly well secured," noted Smith, author of the book Internet Cryptography. "However, I'm not sure if al-Qaeda has computer-savvy people who could do something like this.