U.S. would lose the cyber war says former intelligence chief

The United States would lose a cyberwar if it fought one today, a former US intelligence chief has warned. Michael McConnell, a retired US Navy vice admiral who served as ex-president George W. Bush’s director of national intelligence, also compared the danger of cyberwar to the nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. “If we went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose,” McConnell told a hearing Tuesday on cybersecurity held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Tuesday’s hearing came a little over a month after Internet giant Google revealed that it and other US companies had been the target of a series of sophisticated cyberattacks originating in China. “National security and our economic security are at stake,” said Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, the panel’s chairman and a co-sponsor of a bill seeking to bolster public and private sector cybersecurity cooperation. McConnell pointed to US President Barack Obama’s appointment of a cybersecurity coordinator in December and his national cybersecurity initiative as moves in the right direction, but said they were not enough. He called for establishing a National Cybersecurity Center modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center set up after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. The center would integrate elements of the Pentagon’s proposed Cyber Command, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the cyber operations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, state and local governments and the private sector

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