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    Cybersecurity Act of 2009

    Apparently there's some new legislation brewing that would allow the federal government to take control of core internet components in the event of a national emergency.

    I don't want to start a political debate here but I find this troubling since it doesn't require congressional approval.

    Article on eff.org: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/cybersecurity-act

    This is the only organization that seems to be fighting this: http://www.chooseliberty.org/interne...er.aspx?pid=03

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    Obama has been trying to do this for awhile (I think ULTIMATLY BECAUSE HE WANTS TO CUT OFF THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION INTO OUR COUNTRY)





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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Obama has been trying to do this for awhile (I think ULTIMATLY BECAUSE HE WANTS TO CUT OFF THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION INTO OUR COUNTRY)




    Or from cyber-hackers and terrorist from crashing airplanes, taking down our national defense system, and setting off our nuclear reactors.


    Considering millions of computers are infected with trojans and can be used in a botnet DDOS attack on government computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Obama has been trying to do this for awhile (I think ULTIMATLY BECAUSE HE WANTS TO CUT OFF THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION INTO OUR COUNTRY)
    Regardless of who is trying to implement such a law (certainly, you could see Bush attempting the same?) I believe it's in our best interest to prevent such control.

    The internet is, for the most part, truely free. Let's not screw this one up.

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    I hate to say it, but legalities and rights aside, do we really want the government to try to manage core infrastructure during an emergency? :p

    Can anyone say "downtime"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I hate to say it, but legalities and rights aside, do we really want the government to try to manage core infrastructure during an emergency? :p

    Can anyone say "downtime"?

    -mike
    Oh that did make me laugh. Well done .

    I read the PDF summary and it doesn't seem particularly bad in all honesty, although I think what's being forgotten or overlooked is that the US cannot have complete control over the internet, so their abilities/powers would still stop at the border, whereas internet threats do not.

    The other problem I see is that it wants to make the profession of network hacking certified (I would assume akin to a doctor being certified?) I find that preposterous, who would sign up for that? Any true hacker would still want to maintain their anonymity or at least not be in a large database with all their details.

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    Eh in a way I guess it can be a good idea if they need to get something out to every quickly or something along those lines. But aside from that I'm a little skeptical about it....

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    Question is, when does the emergency end?

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    This legislation has been around for a while and we've discussed it here before. But this is the first time I remember hearing that this law does not require Congress to be involved. AFAIK, Congress = the Legislative Branch of government. Who else would create this new law?

    I find it completely ironic that our government developed the Internet (Arpanet, via DARPA/DoD) in order to protect our communications, yet now the President wants the power to shut down our communications?

    This is not a good thing at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hycloud View Post
    Or from cyber-hackers and terrorist from crashing airplanes, taking down our national defense system, and setting off our nuclear reactors.
    Yes, and when was the last time a hacker took down an airplace or set off nuclear reactors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AHN-Jay View Post
    Yes, and when was the last time a hacker took down an airplace or set off nuclear reactors?
    When was the last time terrorists took out two 110-story buildings by crashing planes into it?

    We should wait until it happens? Like waiting till hackers trigger a nuclear meltdown that could kill hundreds of thousands of people and radiate the area for hundreds of years?


    Cyber-terrorism is a real threat.

    http://www.forbes.com/2007/08/22/sca..._0822hack.html

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