U.S. Computers Remain Vulnerable
America's computer infrastructure is highly vulnerable to attack and will likely be targeted in the near future, a panel of security experts told Congress.WASHINGTON - Americas computer infrastructure is highly vulnerable to attack and will likely be targeted in the near future, a panel of security experts told Congress. Leading experts painted a grim picture of the ability of Americas critical infrastructure to withstand direct and sustained electronic attacks, in a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations on Sept. 26. "The threat is even greater today than before Sept. 11," said Michael Vatis, director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies at Dartmouth College and former director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center.
Vatis said the likelihood of cyberattacks against U.S. and allied information infrastructures is great and could come from both nation states and terrorist sympathizers. Such strikes would be aimed at high-profile government and corporate networks and could use worms, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and intrusions.