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U.S. homeland chief: cyber 9/11 could happen "imminently"
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Posted on 01/25/2013 6:43:52 AM PST by chessplayer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast.

Napolitano said a "cyber 9/11" could happen "imminently" and that critical infrastructure - including water, electricity and gas - was very vulnerable to such a strike.

A cyber security bill failed in Congress last year after business and privacy groups opposed it. The measure would have increased information-sharing between private companies and U.S. intelligence agencies and established voluntary standards for businesses that control power grids or water treatment plants.

Business groups said the legislation was government overreach. Privacy groups feared it might lead to Internet eavesdropping.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cyber911; napolitano; security

1 posted on 01/25/2013 6:43:57 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Imagine all the kids trying to add and subtract without a calculator. They’ll be having nervous breakdowns.


2 posted on 01/25/2013 6:47:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Didn’t Tom Clancy write a book about this?


3 posted on 01/25/2013 6:50:47 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: chessplayer

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imminent

Definition of IMMINENT

ready to take place; especially: hanging threateningly over one’s head <was in imminent danger of being run over

— imminently -adverb

See imminent defined for English-language learners

See imminent defined for kids

Examples of IMMINENT

We are awaiting their imminent arrival.

These patients are facing imminent death.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the local authorities were momentarily stunned, and began frantically trying to prepare for what they feared were further imminent attacks. —Richard A. Clarke, Atlantic, January/February 2005


4 posted on 01/25/2013 6:51:41 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Sacajaweau

Oh, it could be worse, infinitly worse.
Imagine no FR......Aieeeeeeeeeeeeed~!


5 posted on 01/25/2013 6:52:58 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: chessplayer

I don’t trust one thing that comes of that b_tch’s mouth.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 6:53:53 AM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: chessplayer

If it shuts down the IRS and other govt. computers I’m all for it.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 7:01:17 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: chessplayer

...’could happen imminently’...can’t this be said about anything?


8 posted on 01/25/2013 7:05:07 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: chessplayer

The way they r warning looks like an inside job.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 7:05:55 AM PST by existentially_kuffer
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To: chessplayer

Seems to be the modus operandi on everything - yelling fire in a political theater.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:46 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: chessplayer

Telegraphing her punches?


11 posted on 01/25/2013 7:19:27 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: chessplayer

1)As much as we all loathe her she is not wrong about this.

2)It’s been a known vulnerability for many years.

so....why has NOTHING been done about it???


12 posted on 01/25/2013 7:19:56 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: chessplayer

So why don’t Big Dyke Sis and DHS do something proactive rather than issuing warnings about staying inside when it’s cold? GWB should have never established this joke bureaucracy.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 7:23:04 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Our national labs are under cyber attack from Eastern Europe, China, and North Korea every day.

They knocked out service to Sandia Labs for several hours last week.

No coverage at all. Just stick our fingers in our ears and go LA-LA-LA.

That way we can all be really surprised when we all oversleep one morning because the power grid and communication systems all crashed overnight.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 7:34:08 AM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: chessplayer

A great cover for when the regime shuts down the net and phones and starts the weapons confiscations!


15 posted on 01/25/2013 7:46:37 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Bingo. That happens hide your stuff.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 7:52:01 AM PST by USAF80
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To: JimRed

this might be a good time to invest in citizen’s band and ham radio, and to also dust off and adapt your modem.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 8:40:14 AM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: chessplayer

My bet is that in order to protect us from this crisis the government will need to assume control of the Internet and monitor all traffic and shut down potential “terrorist” sites like this one. The First Amendment is at much at risk with Emperor Obama as the Second Amendment. Obama’s takeover will be complete when talk radio is shutdown with a new “fairness doctrine”, Fox News is muzzled and Internet blog and news sites are censored.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 9:05:05 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: chessplayer; sickoflibs
I guess this means Homeland Security will need more power and money - and citizens will have to give up rights and privacy.

How strange 'the answer' is always the same: liberal elites must have more power and money and citizens must lose rights and privacy.

What was the question again?

19 posted on 01/25/2013 9:57:26 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?..freeper Red Badger Let's try Criminal control - Fr:MadMax)
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To: chessplayer; sickoflibs; SandRat
I guess this means Homeland Security will need more power and money - and citizens will have to give up rights and privacy.

How strange 'the answer' is always the same: liberal elites must have more power and money and citizens must lose rights and privacy...

What was the question again?

20 posted on 01/25/2013 9:58:20 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?..freeper Red Badger Let's try Criminal control - Fr:MadMax)
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To: GOPJ
"What was the question again?"
The real question was, "Will you comply... peacefully?"
all other questions are just "windowdressing"..An non sequitur.

21 posted on 01/25/2013 10:08:21 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass
The real question was, "Will you comply... peacefully?"

"Compliance is voluntary - non compliance will be severely punished...."

22 posted on 01/25/2013 11:11:33 AM PST by GOPJ ( Do murder laws control murders?..freeper Red Badger Let's try Criminal control - Fr:MadMax)
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To: GOPJ
The real question was, "Will you comply... peacefully?"
"Compliance is voluntary - non compliance will be severely punished...."
BINGO!...precisely.

23 posted on 01/25/2013 11:25:30 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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