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Wolf warns lawmakers about cyberattacks

Congress has had no shortage of wake-up calls about the mounting number of cyberattacks against agency and military information technology networks.

But the press conference held yesterday by Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), to introduce a privileged resolution calling for better measures to protect government computers and cell phones from cyberattack was a new and potent warning to Capitol Hill.

Wolf disclosed that computers in his congressional office and several others had been targeted in 2006 and 2007 by hackers using computers that investigators traced to China. Wolf said the hackers were able to gain access to sensitive data about the identity and location of Chinese dissidents and refugees with whom Wolf had worked.

Smith said Chinese hackers had attacked computers used by the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Human Rights twice in recent years.

"It has become clear to me that many members, committees and other offices of the House do not fully understand the extent of this threat against the security of their offices and how to protect themselves from it, ' Wolf said in remarks delivered on the House floor. "The committees in both chambers on government reform, intelligence, judiciary, armed services and homeland security should be having hearings on this threat,' he said.

Posted by Wyatt Kash on Jun 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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