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London police are warning banks to look out for cyber terrorists when recruiting staff. Anarchist sympathisers may try to infiltrate companies and sabotage computer systems to help the anti-City protests expected in May, a senior crime prevention officer said yesterday. Norman Russell, head of the City of London police community safety branch, said firms should grill new staff for any cyber-spy tendencies. Job applicants who support the aims of anarchist umbrella group People's Global Action might help demonstrators enter company buildings during the forthcoming Stop the City protests. Alternatively, they could insert viruses in computer files or leak passwords to let hackers penetrate computer systems, the Mail on Sunday reports. And Russell's advice to spot these saboteurs? "Employers should make sure that they take up references of new employees." Sound advice. The Register has gone further, and compiled a few suspicious comments to help employers when they are interviewing City slicker applicants. Anyone letting slip comments like "Bring the Capitalist dogs to their knees!" Or "Cream the City fat cats!" should definitely be treated with caution. As should utterances along the lines of: "The roar of profit and plunder will be replaced by the sounds of rhythms of party and pleasure as a massive carnival of resistance snakes its way through the square mile." (genuine quote - Reclaim the Streets). But in case these cyber-saboteurs have become more CV-savvy, it may be as well to develop your own techniques to pinpoint a likely candidate. The Register welcomes any tips on how to spot a likely lord or lady of misrule. Meanwhile, a new nation has emerged to take the cyberwarfare crown. According to Newsbytes, Canada is now a hotbed of cyberterrorism, responsible for 80 per cent of foreign attacks on US computers. FBI director Louis Freeh went so far as to describe this normally law-abiding Mounty nation as a "hacker haven".® Related stories Anarchists run riot on the Web City faces up to hack attack

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