When it comes to Internet-based threats to our nation and its infrastructure, President Obama seems to get it. In a news conference last week, the President rightly talked about the dangers to the United States from cyber-attack and announced that he would appoint a “cybersecurity coordinator” (yet to be named) who would be in charge of protecting America from such threats.
Obama buttressed his case for defending against cyber-attacks by pointing out that computer systems at federal agencies, notably the Defense Department, have come under attack. He also referenced the threat to our infrastructure, perhaps referring to an April report that cyber-spies from China and Russia had penetrated the U.S. electrical grid, leaving behind dangerous software that could be used to disrupt the system. (See my commentary on this incident here). Not surprisingly, Obama also complained that his own campaign’s systems had been hacked.
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