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[ISN] CIA Director Leon Panetta Warns of Possible Cyber-Pearl Harbor

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Mon Feb 14 2011 - 09:24:11 GMT

[CIA Director John Deutch warned yesterday that hackers could launch
"electronic Pearl Harbor" cyber attacks on vital U.S. information
systems. June 26th 1996 - - WK]

By Jason Ryan
ABC News
Feb. 11, 2011

Top U.S. intelligence officials have raised concerns about the growing
vulnerability the United States faces from cyberwarfare threats and
malicious computer activity that CIA Director Leon Panetta said
"represents the battleground for the future."

The potential for the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a
cyber-attack," he testified on Capitol Hill Thursday before the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also appeared, telling
the committee, "This threat is increasing in scope and scale, and its
impact is difficult to overstate."

There are roughly 60,000 new malicious computer programs identified each
day, Clapper said, citing industry estimates.


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