\u00a0Over the weekend, The US CERT and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center had the fifty states on guard for a potential \u201cElectronic Jihad.\u201d It didn\u2019t happen. But Never? Be Careful. \u00a0Many websites and articles were written over the past few weeks regarding potential cyber terrorism on Sunday, November 11, 2007.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Here\u2019s one report: Cyber Jihad Set for Nov. 11Here\u2019s an excerpt: \u201cThe attack was reported\u00a0by DEBKAfile, an online military intelligence magazine. Citing anonymous \u2018counter-terror sources,\u2019 DEBKAfile said it had intercepted an Oct. 29 \u2018Internet announcement,\u2019 calling for a volunteer-run online attack against 15 targeted sites, set to begin Nov. 11. The operation is supposed to expand after its launch date until \u2018hundreds of thousands of Islamist hackers are in action against untold numbers of anti-Muslim sites,\u2019 the magazine reported.\u201d Other articles such as "Electronic Jihad" 2.0 Set to "Take Down the Web" on November 11, speculated about the technical ability of hackers to get this done. Here\u2019s a quote: \u201cHenry said they have the wherewithal but, \u2018it remains to be seen if they have enough people willing to use the software and if they're able to create enough bandwidth to create any havoc for those sites that are targeted.\u2019 "I agree with the sentiment of many blogs which claim that web attacks happen every day, and this is really nothing new.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Some articles written on the Monday after reiterated the lack of any real news. 'Electronic Jihad' fails to threaten, again \u00a0A few quotes from that one: "Well, so far we haven't seen any activity," said Mikko Hypp\u00f6nen, director of research for F-Secure, said on the company's blog. "And we're not holding our breath either."However, I disagree with Marcus Sachs, director of ISC, who reportedly said in the same article, \u201cThe odds of a terrorist group 'terrorizing' the Internet with cyber bullets and e-bombs are about as small as the odds of the Morse Code coming back as a primary means of communication, "It's not zero, but it's also not much more than zero." Those kind of statements have a way of backfiring - like taunting\u00a0an opposing football team before the big game. Even if their ability is weak, statements like \u201cthe odds are \u2026 not much more than zero\u201d can actually have the opposite effect and motivate people to act in\u00a0scary ways.\u00a0 Not only that, but we never know what the future holds, especially in this cyber field. My biggest concern is that bad guys with money hook up with other bad guys who have the ability. See my previous blog: Hacktivists Working With Parents, A Scary New Reality\u00a0 One other comment: if there is ever a major terrorist attack like this, I doubt that we\u2019ll be reading and speculating about it in blogs several weeks prior to the attack. That certainly didn\u2019t happen on September 11, 2001.