US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is urging Congress to pass legislation allowing the government to have greater control over the Internet.
Her in her announcement she claims that inaction could result in a “cyber 9/11” attack that could knock out water, electricity and gas, causing destruction similar to that left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
Napolitano said that in order to prevent such an attack, Congress must pass legislation that gives the US government greater access to the Internet and cybersecurity information from the private sector. Such a bill, known as CISPA or Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was already introduced last year, but failed to pass in Congress due to concerns expressed by businesses and privacy advocates.
“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 the damage,” Napolitano said in a speech at the Wilson Center, a Washington, DC think tank.
Do you think this is a major concern that the gov should step in or is this a scare tactic to accept and allow Big Brother to be over our shoulder on the Wide World Web? But then again aren't they already?
US Homeland Security Warns of Cyber Attack - Scare tactic?
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