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article imageHackers beware: US to unveil Cyber security proposal

By Joseph Zulu     May 12, 2011 in Politics
Washington - White house officials on Thursday planned to unveil a major legislative proposal aimed at improving U.S cyber security and protecting the economy, Reuters revealed.
Reuters reported that U.S computers have long been subject to hacking attacks, many of them believed to originate from China.
President Barack Obama declared cybersecurity a top priority soon after taking office.
“By introducing the first major cybersecurity legislative proposal for any administration, we are demonstrating President Obama’s commitment to addressing complex and systematic national vulnerabilities that place the American people and economy at risk,” the official said.
In April, U.S. authorities are said to have saved more than $100 million which would have been stolen using malicious software to take control of over 2 million computers but authorities had to shut down the ring that was responsible for this.
Proposed legislation is focused on improving cybersecurity for the Americans, critical infrastructure, and the federal government’s own networks and computers, Reuters reported.
According to CNBC the proposal will help protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electricity grid, financial systems and nuclear power plants.
Companies would be expected to tell consumers when their personal information has been compromised.
CNBC however reported that industry leaders, privacy advocates and security experts are concerned over how to protect the U.S from cyber attacks without infringing on business practices or civil liberties.
Information such as banking and financial accounts is at risk particularly to terrorists or other nations breaching government networks to steal sensitive data or sabotage systems such as electrical grid or nuclear plants.
“Federal computer networks are being scanned and attacked millions of times a day, and U.S. officials warn that hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical operations to either bring them down or take them over,” CNBC reported
The star online reported the white house proposal would give new impetus to a long running cybersecurity debate in the US congress.
"Our nation cannot fully defend against these threats unless certain parts of cybersecurity law are updated," an administration official said.
The administration official said that the white house proposal was as a result of at least two years of work.
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