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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Thu Jun 04 2009 - 03:40:11 CDT
By Ryan Singel
June 3, 2009
Is hacking a real threat to the United States or is it just the latest
overblown threat to national security, whose magnitude is being
exaggerated in order to expand government agencies’ budgets and powers?
That’s the question asked by Threat Level editor Kevin Poulsen at a
panel in Computers, Freedom and Privacy in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
And it’s important because the government is spending billions of
dollars on computer security, and President Obama is elevating
cyber-security to a national priority, using language that makes even
security experts wince.
Amit Yoran, a former Bush Administration cybersecurity czar, argues the
answer is easy.
“Is hacking a national security threat?,” Yoran said. “The one word
answer is yes.”
As proof, Yoran pointed to stories about the denial-of-service attacks
in Estonia, attacks on government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and the
recently reported breach of defense contractor computers that let
hackers get at information on the Joint Strike Fighter.
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