A Cyber-Pearl Harbor?

The New York Times yesterday on what Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, told U.S. Senators could come to America over the next six months:

Mr. Blair began his annual threat testimony before Congress by saying that the threat of a crippling attack on telecommunications and other computer networks was growing, as an increasingly sophisticated group of enemies had “severely threatened” the sometimes fragile systems undergirding the country’s information infrastructure.

“Malicious cyberactivity is occurring on an unprecedented scale with extraordinary sophistication,” he told the committee.

His emphasis on the threat points up the growing concerns among American intelligence officials about the potentially devastating results of a coordinated attack on the nation’s technology apparatus, sometimes called a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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