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Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.
New York Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and THOM SHANKER

Posted on 10/12/2012 2:35:17 PM PDT by EBH

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government...

...Defense officials insisted that Mr. Panetta’s words were not hyperbole, and that he was responding to a recent wave of cyberattacks on large American financial institutions. He also cited an attack in August on the state oil company Saudi Aramco, which infected and made useless more than 30,000 computers.

But Pentagon officials acknowledged that Mr. Panetta was also pushing for legislation on Capitol Hill. It would require new standards at critical private-sector infrastructure facilities — like power plants, water treatment facilities and gas pipelines — where a computer breach could cause significant casualties or economic damage.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: cyberattack; cybersecurity; cyberwar; digital911; panetta
Hmmm...how fast can 0bama make this part of his "We Can't Wait" agenda...?
1 posted on 10/12/2012 2:35:19 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

This wouldn’t have anything to do with your ‘take over of the Internet’ agenda would it, Leon?


2 posted on 10/12/2012 2:41:07 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: EBH
*Sigh*


Shouldn't a defense secretary look more like this:


than this?:


I actually have trouble taking the man seriously some times just because of his looks.
3 posted on 10/12/2012 2:43:21 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: verum ago
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4 posted on 10/12/2012 2:45:29 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: EBH

Watching how many far east IPs try to hack my hole in the wall website really surprises me. I can’t imagine what the gov, or major banks, etc have to deal with.


5 posted on 10/12/2012 2:45:47 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: EBH
We can avoid this if we just Take the administrations advise and don't hurt any Muslim feelings.
6 posted on 10/12/2012 2:46:11 PM PDT by JIM O
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To: EBH

I was concerned right up till they said government.


7 posted on 10/12/2012 2:48:25 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: EBH

Let’s start out by blocking all foreign IP addresses from accessing Obama.com.


8 posted on 10/12/2012 2:51:45 PM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: MichaelCorleone
Panetta, you could at least try an original plot. LOL!

From Star Trek "A Taste of Armageddon"

The landing party soon discovers that the entire war between the two planets is completely simulated by computers which launch wargame attacks and counterattacks, then calculate damage and select the dead.

Citizens reported as "killed" must submit themselves for termination by stepping inside a disintegration booth. Anan 7 informs Kirk that the simulated attacks and following executions is the agreed system of war decided by both sides in a treaty with Vendikar. A conventional war was deemed too destructive to the environments and societies of both planets.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Taste_of_Armageddon

9 posted on 10/12/2012 2:52:28 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: verum ago
DSUSA should look like this


10 posted on 10/12/2012 3:00:17 PM PDT by dancusa (Re-electing Obama is like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceburg again.)
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To: EBH

Should hit @ 2359 on Nov 5Th.


11 posted on 10/12/2012 3:02:44 PM PDT by jaz.357 ( *Luke 6:43-45* Twas Ever Thus!)
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To: verum ago

Inspector Clouseau?


12 posted on 10/12/2012 3:12:40 PM PDT by kempster
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To: EBH

Is this our October Sooprize?


13 posted on 10/12/2012 3:29:08 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Lurker

LOL.


14 posted on 10/12/2012 3:35:46 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: EBH

Was Leon holding the monitor in both his hands when he promised this?


15 posted on 10/12/2012 3:37:54 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: DonaldC

I have had at least 12 phone calls from the guys from India telling me my computer is sending out messages over the internet and that they are from Microsoft or some software company and that I need to allow them to get on my computer and fix the problem. Thankfully I know of the scam. But, that does not stop them from calling me. I told them I was on to them but they still call. And if you try to redial the number they call from you get nothing.


16 posted on 10/12/2012 3:38:59 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (The Scriptures clearly tell us we are in the last days, the end times. Christ is the only answer!)
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To: EBH

If companies had put half the time, effort and money into being digitally secure that they’ve had to invest in being politically correct, we wouldn’t have this problem.


17 posted on 10/12/2012 3:40:00 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: verum ago

The middle picture you posted looks like Allen West!


18 posted on 10/12/2012 3:43:53 PM PDT by Wage Slave (Army Mom!)
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To: EBH

[It would require new standards at critical private-sector infrastructure facilities]

No thanks Comrade Panetta.

The private-sector doesn’t need to be “protected” ala the mandate of central government committees who couldn’t find their own arses with both hands and a SQL statement telling them exactly where to find it.


19 posted on 10/12/2012 4:41:17 PM PDT by TArcher
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To: MichaelCorleone

Glad to know I’m not alone in having those same concerns


20 posted on 10/12/2012 5:34:03 PM PDT by uncitizen (Religion of Peace my hind end !)
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To: EBH

It’s not a cyberattack, per se, it’s just a spontaneous cyberprotest, sparked by an internet video, that gets out of hand.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 6:02:29 PM PDT by TKeith
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To: EBH

Obama’s teeny-bopper techies are going to send out so many tweets about how great he is that they will bring down the whole www.


22 posted on 10/12/2012 6:33:53 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: verum ago

I trust this communist as far as I can throw him. He does not care that our soldiers are being murdered by the jihadists he puts on their bases and enemy abetting rules of engagement.

No doubt he’d use any power over the internet to shut down free speech while leaving us vulnerable to critical systems hackers.

These people are not trustworthy. They have named the constituiton a domestic terrorist. They are killing our soldiers for a lie about Islam.


23 posted on 10/12/2012 7:07:12 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: MichaelCorleone
This wouldn’t have anything to do with your ‘take over of the Internet’ agenda would it, Leon?

I don't know about the Internet, but I read a conspiracy theory on another site that the big banks are going to steal millions of their own customers' accounts. Then, the government will blame it on Iran to gin up citizen support for a war.

24 posted on 10/12/2012 7:15:41 PM PDT by Jess79
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To: EBH

November Surprise!

Panetta on 11/7/12:
“Really...We do not know where the missing votes are right now but we are doing our best to find them. They are being backed up overseas by an international server supplied by our friend George Soros, who will send us the results shortly. Fu#@ You very much for your patience and have a great day!”


25 posted on 10/12/2012 7:27:52 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: EBH
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2944152/posts

Any connection?

26 posted on 10/12/2012 10:52:46 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: EBH

Oh noooooo. We can’t possibly survive without the Internet!


27 posted on 10/12/2012 11:03:47 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Just mythoughts
Thanks for linking that ...I had not seen it.

Back in 2008 I recall reading some information regarding the crash being triggered by trades and a sudden massive removal of funds from the markets. At one point I had started to track down the information, but was soon stone walled and starved out for information, much of which was being scrubbed from the internet.

At the time as Bush, McCain, and 0bama talked about frozen lending etc. I was saying our markets had just been hit by a financial terrorist attack that had been set-up and staged up to a year beforehand by arab interests. Yes, it tracked back to interests in the Middle East. We all knew events were sort of odd at the time and some items didn't get big play in the media at the time. Everything moved on with a stimulus plan etc., elections, and so on. The biggest thing is we never did see any perp walks for breaking many of the SEC laws. While there is corruption within our system, no one factor should have been able to freeze-up markets, banking, lending etc.

I recall the one phrase from then President Bush, who was demonized for saying ..."“I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system” ... what would one do if all their wealth had just been sucked dry, if one could simply print the money to replace it? Quite the thumb in the nose of the thieves, no?

28 posted on 10/13/2012 3:48:10 AM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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You are welcome. Given all the political noise going on, and Biden’s jocular confidence Thursday night, Friday seems to be the dump day for news, expecting the least amount of attention and focus.
29 posted on 10/13/2012 3:25:08 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: EBH

October surprise.


30 posted on 10/13/2012 9:14:04 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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