Terrorists planning Internet-based attack?

British official said terrorists have for some time used the Internet to recruit, spread propaganda and raise funds.

Updated: Nov 26, 2011, 13:46 PM IST

London: British intelligence has reportedly picked up "talk" from terrorists planning an Internet-based attack against national infrastructure.

According to The Independent, British official said terrorists have for some time used the Internet to recruit, spread propaganda and raise funds.

Now, this official said, UK intelligence has seen evidence that terrorists are talking about using the Internet to actually attack a country, which could include sending viruses to disrupt the country`s infrastructure, much of which is now connected online.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity and didn`t say when the infrastructure threat was detected and how it was dealt with.

"For the moment they prefer to cover the streets in blood," he said.

The disclosure came as the UK released a paper detailing its cyber security strategy, setting out how the country plans to protect its economy and infrastructure online.

The UK wants to position itself as a centre for cyber security internationally, in a bid to attract more business.

Terrorism, along with other threats such as cyber crime and state espionage, were highlighted as risks.

ANI