Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that the president could order emergency measures to combat cyber attacks under legislation introduced by three senators who say the Internet has unleashed a new breed of cyber-terrorists.
Under the legislation, the presidentâ€™s specific powers would be developed with companies and wouldnâ€™t allow the government to take over private networks or give it more surveillance authority, the lawmakers said.
â€œThe Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets,â€ Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said at a news conference.
â€œWe cannot wait for a cyber 9/11,â€ Republican Susan Collins of Maine said.
Lawmakers are trying to craft legislation to boost U.S. cyber-security following reports of hacked government computer systems and Mountain View, California-based Google Inc.â€™s January threat to leave China in the wake of a computer attack.
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