U.S. warns of cyber threats, both current and future

By Mike Fischer on November 16, 2010, 7:40 PM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates thinks there are "huge" cyber threats looming in our future. According to Defense Department statistics, U.S. networks have faced break-in attempts to steal information from over 100 foreign intelligence organizations. Furthermore, the amount of data stolen every year from hacker attacks could fill the Library of Congress multiple times.

While doom-and-gloom predictions are fairly common in the computer world, this forecast means the possibility of more government involvement in Internet security. Gates stated that future technologies would require "civil-military coordination" to monitor and react to threats, describing a potential security umbrella covering both government and private-sector entities.

Currently the National Security Agency handles threats that originate internationally, but policing attacks from within U.S. boarders would require a domestic version of the NSA -- something Gates says cannot happen given the limitations of money, time, and available talent. But new steps are planned to increase coordination between the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security to cover Internet security threats regardless of origin. "You have the domestic security agency, DHS, being able to reach into NSA in a real-time way to get the kind of protection we need."

While a more secure Internet sounds ideal, expansion of governmental jurisdiction usually leads to concerns of privacy and civil liberty violation. If this sounds familiar, it ties in closely with September's wire tap legislation.




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vangrat said:

My god. The United States sounds more and more like George Orwell's writing every day. I am just wondering when the pot is finally going to boil over. At this point it isn't a matter of if, but when.

Guest said:

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What? The US warning people about "threats". Never thought they would do that. Next they will be warning you all about drugs, knives, (not guns, guns are ok aparantly), pedo's, your neighbours, bird/misc flu, anthrax in the post, terrorists.

[/sarcasm]

[not sarcasm at all read this bit and take it in]

And all the while heart disease kills many many more than the above multiplied because of a **** diet. PRIORITIES AMERICA, I feel very bad for the clever people over there that can see this is all bullshit, I send my best wishes to you all because my country is slowly following yours :/

[/not sarcasm at all read this bit and take it in]

Kel

Bluemagma said:

Guest said:

[sarcasm]

What? The US warning people about "threats". Never thought they would do that. Next they will be warning you all about drugs, knives, (not guns, guns are ok aparantly), pedo's, your neighbours, bird/misc flu, anthrax in the post, terrorists.

[/sarcasm]

[not sarcasm at all read this bit and take it in]

And all the while heart disease kills many many more than the above multiplied because of a **** diet. PRIORITIES AMERICA, I feel very bad for the clever people over there that can see this is all bullshit, I send my best wishes to you all because my country is slowly following yours :/

[/not sarcasm at all read this bit and take it in]

Kel

Honestly its probably just scare tactics because they can't catch someone.. they are worthless

Guest said:

Ya i know its name, its called "Facebook"

Johny47 said:

How do they know about Future threats? they must be the ones planning and designing them haha =P

Eddo22 said:

If they really cared the least bit about data breaches they wouldn't allow it to be accessed

online.

Guest said:

Better quick run your PC through a full-body scanner and give a pat down in the groin!

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