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    U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast.
    Napolitano said a "cyber 9/11" could happen "imminently" and that critical infrastructure - including water, electricity and gas - was very vulnerable to such a strike.

    "We shouldn't wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of damage," said Napolitano, speaking at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington and referring to the September 11, 2001, attacks.



    She urged Congress to pass legislation governing cyber security so the government could share information with the private sector to prevent an attack on infrastructure, much of which is privately owned.
    A cyber security bill failed in Congress last year after business and privacy groups opposed it. The measure would have increased information-sharing between private companies and U.S. intelligence agencies and established voluntary standards for businesses that control power grids or water treatment plants.

    Business groups said the legislation was government overreach. Privacy groups feared it might lead to Internet eavesdropping.

    New cyber legislation is being considered, but it is unclear whether it will get through the gridlocked Congress.
    President Barack Obama is expected to soon issue an executive order that would set up a voluntary system to help protect some critical infrastructure and offer incentives to companies that participate.....snip~

    U.S. homeland chief: cyber 9/11 could happen "imminently" - Yahoo! News

    Why would Obama need to enact EP for companies that want to voluntarily agree to share info with the Fed? So Homeland Security will seek another bill to put thru congress. Thoughts?

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    The government can always share its information so that is BS. What they really want is no warrant access to every single thing on the web from private providers.

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    I am sure it is a conspiracy....

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I am sure it is a conspiracy....

    Show me a law that says the government absolutely cannot share threat information with the public. *hint--anything classified can be declassified by the POTUS*

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    It looks like the government wants an excuse in order to justify seizing control of the internet and be able to shut down the internet at will.
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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Keep the dirty fingers of the Obama government off of the people's internet. We all know what they want.

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It looks like the government wants an excuse in order to justify seizing control of the internet and be able to shut down the internet at will.
    Well we do know they are targeting all social media.....huh? At least so far this has been another setback for Team Obama!!!

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I am sure it is a conspiracy....

    Were you thinking this was some conspiracy to this? How many Cyber Security Laws have wee seen this President get passed?

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    The only cyber security needed to protect critical infrastructure like powerplants is quite simple: DON'T HOOK IT UP TO THE INTERNET. It doesn't require giving the government potentially abusive power and actually provides a real improvement in security.

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    Re: U.S. Homeland Chief: Cyber 9/11 Could Happen "Imminently".....

    What other Cyber Security Laws have we seen passed? Yet none of those passed.....deal with any companies with Infrastructure?

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