House Cybersecurity Chairman Warns that After Sony, Nation-State Hackers Will Target America’s Electric Grid, Wall Street

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The House cyber security chairman Thursday raised the specter that nation-state hackers like Iran and North Korea, linked to the attack on Sony Pictures, could hit the nation’s electric grid, Wall Street and even the federal government next.

Rep. Patrick Meehan, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cyber security, said the Sony attack and potential for a more widespread Internet invasion by U.S. enemies demands that President Obama sign pending cyber security legislation into law and look to other efforts to protect homegrown technology.

“The attack on Sony is the latest high-profile example of the growing danger of the cyber threat, and it won’t be the last,” said the Pennsylvania lawmaker.

“American businesses, financial networks, government agencies and infrastructure systems like power grids are at continual risk. They’re targeted not just by lone hackers and criminal syndicates, but by well-funded nation-states like North Korea and Iran. A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyberattacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm,” he added.

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SOURCE: Washington Examiner – Paul Bedard

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