Richard Clarke says the worst is yet to come

Richard Clarke

Leaving government service has not improved Richard A. Clarke's grim view of cybersecurity.

'The threat level is going up, and at a steep angle,' the former White House adviser told a Washington audience last month. He spoke at a security seminar hosted by TippingPoint Technologies Inc. of Austin, Texas.

Recent incidents such as the Nimda, Code Red and SQL Slammer worms and attacks against the Internet's Domain Name System caused no serious, systemwide damage, but Clarke warned against a false sense of security.

'People are not doing it just for the hell of it,' he said. 'It suggests to me someone is calibrating the attacks. I think a lot of what we're seeing is reconnaissance. People are planning attacks, and probably multiple, simultaneous attacks.'

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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