Tomorrow a full committee hearing on cyber security and this comes within our purview on this committee and it, mean not being not trying to be dramatic about it, when the internet was invented everybody fell flat on their face, they were so thrilled and the world began to do business in a different way. Now both the President Bush’s Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, who I greatly respect and President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence Admerial Blair, who I greatly respect, have labeled cyber security perpetrated through the internet as the number one national hazard of attack on the homeland in West Virgina, in America, anywhere else.
So, I mean it really, it really, almost makes you ask the question if it would have been better if we never invented the internet and had to use paper and pencil or whatever and that’s a stupid thing to say, but it has genuine consequence because it’s on the internet that these acts of shutting down, you know they have these televisions saying, ads everyday saying every day, that the Department of Defense is attacked three million times a day and it’s true. Everybody is attacked. Anybody can do it. People say well it’s China and Russia, but there could be some kid in Latvia doing the same thing. I mean it’s an individual act.
It doesn’t require a sleeper cell, it doesn’t require any, you know ammonia or explosives, it’s just an act, yet it’s an act in which can shut this country down. Shut down it’s electricity system, it’s banking system. Shut down really anything that we have to offer. It is an awesome problem. In the intelligence community, we were taken for a full day to discuss…to a…an undisclosed place in Virgina to discuss this. It is a fearsome, awesome, problem. I mean, obviously it’s broader than that too. I wonder where this stands with you. What your thoughts are and what you think we ought to be doing about it?
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by Drew Zahn
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared “cyber emergency.”
Senate bills No. 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., are both part of what’s being called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, which would create a new Office of the National Cybersecurity Adviser, reportable directly to the president and charged with defending the country from cyber attack.