The cyberattack on Sony Pictures late last year, which the FBI has attributed to North Korean hackers, represented a major escalation in digital hostilities that could reignite the long-simmering policy debate over how to better protect systems in the public and private sectors, a panel of former top intelligence officials said on Thursday.Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chaired the House Intelligence Committee until retiring from Congress this month, warned that the Sony hack was not the garden-variety denial-of-service attack that has become familiar to innumerable companies in recent years.Rather, as the purported work of hackers representing a nation-state, the incident was the rare breach of a private-sector network where the intruders destroyed troves of corporate data.The question now is how the administration and Congress will respond.”This is a whole new day in cyberspace for a host of reasons,” Rogers said in remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank. “Now the United States is going to have to show that it will not tolerate it because everyone’s watching. Iran is watching, Russia’s watching. China’s watching. Every international criminal organization is watching.”Already, cybersecurity has reemerged as a hot topic in Washington. In December, President Obama signed into law… Read full this story
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