President Obama to seize the Internet under ‘cyberthreat’?

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security1.jpgADOTAS — Cybersecurity has been an ongoing discussion on the federal level.

So it’s not surprising that Congress has worked hard on a worst-case scenario and what would need to be done. The surprise is that a newly revised bill appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency, according to CNET.

The bill, worked on by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, says that the President “in the event of an immediate threat to strategic national interests involving compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastrucure information system or network – may declare a cybersecurity emergency; and may, if the President finds it necessary for the national defense and security, and in coordination with relevant industry sectors, direct the national response to the cyber threat and the timely restoration of the affected critical infrastructure information system or network.”

“I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness,” Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, told CNET. “It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.”

On it’s face, the bill doesn’t seem that scary. But as in all things government, it’s not what you see, it’s what you don’t. What role does the government have when it comes to private networks? How will these powers when implemented by bureaucrats be used? I don’t think anything particularly nefarious is going on, but shouldn’t we act like it just in case?

2 COMMENTS

  1. This bill is idiocy. I cannot wrap my mind around such a display of stupidity.

    I day trade stocks. I have a live stock market feed. This is how I earn extra money for our family during retirement. This Obama takeover would shut down my stock market feed, would shut down my financial efforts.

    Mine is one example of zillions. Shutting down the internet would cut off banking, cut off many emergency services, cut off a lot of critical medical services and would cut off ability to communicate across America during a time communication is critical.

    Obama and his boys are so very stupid. Best security for critical “national security interest” systems is “air gap” security. This is simply unplugging sensitive systems from our public internet. Such stupidity on the part of our government! This stupidity is reflected in this bill.

    Our government, our energy infrastructure, our military systems, all and more have an ability to establish private secure intranet systems through cable, microwave and satellite services. Many of our sensitive services are already on private intranet systems. Our nation is already crisscrossed with private secured data transmission methods.

    Ability to shut down our public internet is simply stupid. Not only stupid, this is reactive rather than proactive. A need to shut down our internet is direct evidence of our internet already being compromised; much too late. Once compromised, upon turning our internet “back on” those problems still exist and will spread. This turning off our internet does nothing to cure “infection” in the system.

    A proactive method is to create private and secured intranet systems for sensitive services, an intranet “unplugged” from the public internet. A secured unique system, strengthening security, this is the right approach.

    This bill is not only idiotic, this bill is dangerous; creates complacency and a false sense of security.

    Okpulot Taha
    Choctaw Nation
    Puma Politics

  2. I’ve got to agree. A seperate system is the only sensible solution. Too many complicated expensive solutions are being proposed this year where simple cheap/free solutions would work better.

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