HC Deb 07 November 2002 vol 392 cc807-8W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research he has taken into the threat to departmental computer systems from e-terrorist attack; [78977]

(2) what assessment he has made of the threat to e-government from e-terrorist attack. [78976]

(3) what assessments she has made of the threat to UK business from e-terrorist attack. [78975]

Mr. Blunkett

The threat from terrorists to the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), in Government and the private sector, is growing but unpredictable. While there is always the possibility of a low level attack (eg, website defacements or narrowly targeted denial of service attacks) we think the current likelihood of a successful major damaging attack against United Kingdom interests is low. However, we keep the situation under constant review, a task which lies with the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) (see www.niscc.gov.uk). Although focused on CNI institutions, other systems administrators may like to look at the advice and information available through the NISCC website, and also at the linked Unified Incident Reporting and Alert Scheme, www.uniras.gov.uk which contains information on best practice, new vulnerabilities and mitigating actions. www.dti.gov.uk also contains useful information on information security.

Mr. Dismore

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what request for assistance he has received from the FBI concerning the links of a UK Moslem cleric with James Ujaama, currently under arrest and indicted in Portland, Oregon concerning an alleged terrorist training camp. [79526]

Mr. Blunkett

I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

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