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Experts urge stronger online regulation bill

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posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 06:05 PM
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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members heard from cyber security "experts" and were told to close loopholes in legislation and give the government more power over private companies by mandating security.

This of course is a hot topic and could easily lead to government interference.

National security is as usual, the main theme, and the Stuxnet computer worm was cited as an example.

Feb 16 06:09 PM US/Eastern
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cybersecurity experts urged senators Thursday to close loopholes in legislation to give the government more power to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.

Experts told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said the bill could allow many companies to avoid regulation entirely or drag out the process for up to eight years before they would actually have to improve their computer security.

The legislation would limit the number of industries subject to regulation to those in which a cyberattack could cause "an extraordinary number of fatalities" or a "severe degradation" of national security.

"So an individual infrastructure owner, such as a rural electricity provider, has no responsibility under this title if it can show that an undefended cyberattack would only cause an ordinary number of fatalities?" said Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security who is now with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. "How many dead Americans is that, exactly?"


Story from Breitbart


The article does not mention any specific bill in Congress.

Similar comments were made during other committee hearings also.




posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 06:10 PM
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All I can say is when an issue like this is in the spotlight.
There is something worse moving in the shadows.
Keep an eye out.



posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 06:26 PM
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Ah, yes--that scary, scary Stuxnet. Who would've thought that would cause problems for us?

Please, please, Mother Government, may we please have more security? We'll be happy to give up all our liberties for just a little more....



posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 06:27 PM
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They don't like it when we talk about the truth on the internet, and discover their lies.



posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 07:16 PM
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This kind of news usually means a cyber terror attack is about to happen, I hope it's nothing serious.



A former Nortel Networks employee says the Canadian government needs to help the company investigate the hacking and spying that he believes contributed to its downfall.

Brian Shields, the company's former senior systems security adviser, says the governments of Canada and China should investigate an attack that he calls a "considerable factor" in Nortel's bankruptcy.

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The government itself isn't immune, either. The same hackers that hit PotashCorp computers also attacked the Canadian government in fall 2010, targeting servers in the Finance Department, the Treasury Board, and Defence Research and Development Canada, a civilian agency of the Department of National Defence.



Telecom systems are vulnerable, but so are nuclear power plants


The people who decided to integrate our whole infrastructure with the internet must be in on it.
edit on 16-2-2012 by Corruption Exposed because: removed an extra letter



posted on Feb, 16 2012 @ 07:34 PM
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Good point.

I predict an "attack" early next week.




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