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AMERICA WOULD LOSE CYBERWAR, SAYS SECURITY CHIEF

 
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AMERICA WOULD LOSE CYBERWAR, SAYS SECURITY CHIEF
* We'd lose a cyberwar - US expert
* Would cut nation's infrastructure
* US most vulnerable

THE United States would lose a cyberwar if it fought one today, former US intelligence chief warns.

Michael McConnell, a retired US Navy vice admiral who served as ex-president George W Bush's director of national intelligence, also compared the danger of cyberwar to the nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

"If we went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose," Mr McConnell told a hearing on cybersecurity held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

"We're the most vulnerable, we're the most connected, we have the most to lose.

"We will not mitigate this risk, and as a consequence of not mitigating this risk, we are going to have a catastrophic event."

The hearing came a little over a month after internet giant Google revealed that it and other US companies had been the target of a series of sophisticated cyberattacks originating in China.
"National security and our economic security are at stake," Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller said.

"A major cyberattack could shut down our nation's most critical infrastructure - our power grid, telecommunications, financial services."

The greatest threat to the United States comes from cyber espionage and cyber crime, cybersecurity expert James Lewis said, calling them a "major source of harm to national security".

"We have lost more as a nation to espionage than at any time since the 1940s," he said.

In order to secure cyberspace, Mr McConnell suggested the United States provide a "more robust commitment" in leadership, policies, legislation and resources.

He called for establishing a National Cybersecurity Centre modelled after the National Counter Terrorism Centre set up after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

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Blah, blah, blah. They just want a cybersecurity bill so they can admit they are tracking every word we say and censoring the internet.
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