"Given the gravity of the threats we face in cyberspace, we want to get this right in addition to getting it done swiftly," White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says of a proposed executive order to strengthen critical infrastructure IT.
A group of Republican senators warn President Obama not to issue an executive order to create voluntary IT security standards, saying such action would aggravate the existing divide among lawmakers that prevented a vote on the Cybersecurity Act.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman all but concedes the Cybersecurity Act he's sponsoring won't get enacted, and urges President Obama to issue an executive order to develop security standards that can be voluntarily adopted by the critical infrastructure owners.
The administration is exploring issuing an executive order to direct federal agencies to secure the nation's critical infrastructure by working with the private sector to develop security standards, says John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.
A Twitter posting by an individual claiming to be from the hacktivist collective Anonymous claimed it targeted GoDaddy on Sept. 10, but it wasn't until the following day the company determined its computers were not breached.
An individual claiming to be part of Anonymous, the hacktivist group that has targeted big business and government, seems to have taken aim at small businesses by claiming to have disrupted website host GoDaddy.com.
Cyberthieves are exploiting weaknesses in the U.S. payments infrastructure as an easy-to-travel avenue for access to intellectual capital, says risk consultant Bill Wansley. What can be done to stop them?