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Cyberscare: Ex-NSA chief calls transparency groups, hackers next terrorists

The cyberscare, like the redscare or the greenscare of the '90's, is already under way. We've seen it take root with the fierce federal persecutionof Aaron Swartz, the hefty charges and prison sentence facing LulzSec hacktivist Jeremy Hammond and the three-year jail sentence handed down to Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer for pointing out and sharing a vulnerability in AT&T's user information network. On Tuesday, former NSA chief Michael Hayden put it into words.

Hayden warned that hackers, cyberactivists and transparency groups who might act in support of NSA leaker Edward Snowden could target the U.S. government -- equating such groups and individuals to al-Qaida terrorists. Using trite and old-fashioned descriptions of anarchists and hackers as dangerous loners, Hayden said during a Washington speech Tuesday (as the Guardian reported):

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