Former US Intelligence Chief: Cyber Attacks Rival Nuclear Weapons Risk
J. Nichols Hoover, at InformationWeek, reports that Michael McConnell, former director of national intelligence, Tuesday told the Senate committee on commerce, transportation, and technology:
"The cyber risk has become so important that, in my view, it rivals nuclear weapons in terms of seriousness."
..."If the nation went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose," he said. "We're the most vulnerable, we're the most connected, and we have the most to lose."
Earlier this month, Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the recent attack on Google was a "wake-up call."
His testimony can be read here.
The intelligence agencies seem keen to scare Congress into fully funding the government cyber security initiatives. And for the Senate to pass a new cybersecurity bill.
Comparing a cyber attack with nuclear weapons, that can wipe out tens of millions of people in a single strike, seems like an extreme comparison. US intelligence agencies see themselves as a first line of defense and would gain from increased spending on cyber security.
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