David Kirkpatrick

February 24, 2010

United States not ready for cyberwar

Via KurzweilAI.net — This warning from Michael McConnell shouldn’t be dismissed as another Bush 43 administration official hoping to paint Obama as unprepared for security threats and attempting to preemptively pin any future attacks on the purported incompetence of the White House. McConnell served as NSA director under Clinton before his stint as Director of National Intelligence under Bush and then briefly under Obama. Cyberwarfare is one threat the U.S. faces where the overwhelming might of our military does not make a whit of difference.

U.S. Unprepared for ‘Cyber War’, Former Top Spy Official Says
BusinessWeek, Feb. 23, 2010

The U.S. isn’t prepared for a massive attack on its computer networks by another country and would lose, former Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell told a Senate panel today.
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