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Cyber Attacks Pose Major Threat
By: Joe Eitel
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  • Cyber Attacks Pose Major Threat
  • Malicious Activity and Bandwidth
  • Virus Attacks vs. U.S. Businesses
  • Cyber Security Act of 2009

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    Cyber Attacks Pose Major Threat - Virus Attacks vs. U.S. Businesses

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    As troubling as DOS attacks are to companies like Verisign, other kinds of cyber attacks are proving to be incredibly hurtful to the U.S. economy, and many experts in the field are hoping that the American government takes notice.

    In February of this year, experts testified at a hearing informing senators that not only are computer-based networking attacks stealing massive amounts of revenue from U.S. businesses, but that these attacks also signify that the government is losing an "all-out cyberwar" being waged in our country by both foreign and domestic aggressors.

    Michael McConnell is the executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and consulting technology firm. McConnell is also the former director of national security and national intelligence. In other words, he's an expert in his field, but for some reason the U.S. government isn't heeding his warning.

    "If the nation went to war today in a major cyberwar, we would lose," McConnell said. "We're the most vulnerable; we're the most connected; we have the most to lose."

    If McConnell is right, it appears as if the only thing that will motivate the U.S. government to spring into action is a "catastrophic event." When speaking at the hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, McConnell also said that the "U.S. will not be able to mitigate the risk of cyberattack until the government gets more actively involved in protecting the nation's network." The EVP believes that the government's role--and attitude--in all of this must quickly change to become more active so that we can "morph the Internet from .com to .secure."

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