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March 26, 2013

Cyber-Attacks Eclipse Terrorism in Impact, U.S. Leaders Say

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By Robert Lemos, eWeek

The heads of national intelligence and U.S. Cyber Command both warn that cyber-operations have become a primary concern for the nation’s defenders. In comments at separate congressional hearings, the leaders of the U.S. intelligence efforts and of the nation’s quickly growing Cyber Command warned that cyber-operations by nation-states and rogue adversaries have become a major concern for the country, eclipsing the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. In his delivery of the worldwide threat assessment to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence March 12, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper led his list of global threats with the current cyber-operations against the nation’s interests, indicating that cyber-attacks and espionage are having more impact today than terrorism or the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Recent attacks on U.S. banks, the destructive virus that deleted data from 30,000 workstations at Saudi Aramco, and the wholesale theft of sensitive data by various nations—chief among them China—had weakened the United States’ technological advantage, Clapper said in his prepared remarks (pdf).

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