A high profile US IT security expert has warned that the UK faces an increasing threat from cyber terrorists.
Howard Schmidt, vice president of the US Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, said that there is evidence that al-Qaeda has conducted "research and reconnaissance" online.
Ahead of a meeting with e-commerce minister Stephen Timms and business leaders at the UK's Information Assurance Advisory Council, Schmidt warned that countries should not wait for an attack before taking co-ordinated action.
He indicated that "critical infrastructure", such as global banking and finance, power and transportation systems, are most at risk.
"Our world economy is very sensitive to disruption. We are looking to put measures in place before something does happen," he told news website Ananova.
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