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U.S. homeland chief: cyber 9/11 could happen “imminently”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year’s Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast.

 

English: Janet Napolitano is sworn in as the t...

English: Janet Napolitano is sworn in as the third United States Secretary of Homeland Security, January 21, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Napolitano said a “cyber 9/11″ could happen “imminently” and that critical infrastructure – including water, electricity and gas – was very vulnerable to such a strike.

 

 

 

A cyber security bill failed in Congress last year after business and privacy groups opposed it. The measure would have increased information-sharing between private companies and U.S. intelligence agencies and established voluntary standards for businesses that control power grids or water treatment plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business groups said the legislation was government overreach. Privacy groups feared it might lead to Internet eavesdropping.

 

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IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF...

IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, MENTALLY ILL? (Photo credit: SS&SS)

 

 

 

 

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