The top American military official responsible for defending the United States against cyberattacks said that there had been a 17-fold increase in computer attacks on American infrastructure between 2009 and 2011, initiated by criminal gangs, hackers and other nations.
States trying to make it easier for troops overseas to vote have set up voting systems that are vulnerable to hacking when they allow voters to return ballots online, via e-mail, or Internet fax, says a state-by-state report
The revised bill proposes to establish a multi-agency council, called the National Cybersecurity Council, that would assess the risks and vulnerabilities found in computer systems of critical infrastructure.
Some governors, including prominent Republicans, are sympathetic to a federal solution, with reports suggesting that states could bring in billions of dollars in extra revenue with an online sales tax law.
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