'America Is Under Cyberattack': What Lawmakers Are Now Proposing to Combat Threat Facing the US
- [Erik] Threats to ourcritical infrastructure
like power and water treatment plants
are real and Senators say
the public has no clue how bad it is.
- America is under cyber attack.
We're beginning to actbut not quick enough
and not forcefully enough.
- Now occasionally the hackers are
foreign government individuals
but sometimes thosegovernments are also hiring
freelance hackers toalso do their bidding.
- [Erik] Senators from both sides
say more communication must take place,
not just to inform the public
but between privately-ownedcompanies and the government.
With nearly 90%
of all U.S. criticalinfrastructure privately owned,
Senator Lindsey Graham offered up the idea
of rewarding companies that work together
with Homeland Securityand other federal agencies
on cyber security.
- You're talking about--- How about immunity
- If you'll do--- Yeah, it might--
what's best in your industry,
we will protect you from being sued.
- [Witness] Yes, sir, Ithink that's a great idea.
- How about some carrots on the table
because I don't thinkDHS can regulate this.
- Democratic Senator fromRhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse
brought up a controversialidea, hacking back,
which allows the victim of a cyber attack
to go on the offensiveand hack the adversary.
- I think Senator Graham's focus
on sanctions against the oligarchs
is exactly the right way to solve this.
If you want to deter Vladimir Putin,
whack him right in the oligarchs.
- [Erik] Security experts say
we need to get ideas from our allies.
- Israel is attacked by Iranand Hezbollah every week
in efforts to use cyber tools
to disrupt their critical infrastructure.
So far they've been able to beat them off,
but if I was worriedabout a non-state actor,
I would worry about Hezbollah first.
- [Erik] Security experts have warned
that retaliation in cyber space
present a serious riskand escalate quickly,
especially with hackersbacked by foreign governments.
Erik Rosales, CBN News, Washington.