Obama stresses need for cybersecurity laws

Obama stresses need for cybersecurity laws
# 14 January 2015 03:14 (UTC +04:00)
During a Tuesday visit to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Virginia, Obama said that the recent attack along with North Korea’s alleged hacking of Sony pictures “show how much more work we need to do -- both public and private sector -- to strengthen our cybersecurity."
The president, recently in a row with the Congress over a number of issues, said he had spoken with the Republican members of the legislature.
"I think we agreed that this is an area where we can work hard together, get some legislation done and make sure that we are much more effective in protecting the American people from these kinds of cyberattacks."
Meanwhile, the White House unveiled a proposal that "promotes better cybersecurity information sharing between the private sector and government, and it enhances collaboration and information sharing amongst the private sector."
It would also allow for “the prosecution of the sale of botnets, would criminalize the overseas sale of stolen US financial information like credit card and bank account numbers, would expand federal law enforcement authority to deter the sale of spyware used to stalk or commit ID theft, and would give courts the authority to shut down botnets engaged in distributed denial of service attacks and other criminal activity," according to a White House statement.
ISIL’s so-called Cyber Caliphate infiltrated the Central Command’s Twitter account on Monday and threatened American soldiers.
They also posted propaganda videos on the CentCom’s YouTube feed.
The attack followed a hacking of Sony Pictures after the announcement of a controversial movie about assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which the FBI blamed on Pyongyang.
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