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GLX

Outhouse Editor

Postby GLX » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:50 am

...in times of crisis.

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Cybersecu ... _0413.html

A recently proposed but little-noticed Senate bill would allow the federal government to shut down the Internet in times of declared emergency, and enables unprecedented federal oversight of private network administration.

The bill's draft states that "the president may order a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic" and would give the government ongoing access to "all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access."

Authored by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 seeks to create a Cybersecurity Czar to centralize power now held by the Pentagon, National Security Agency, Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security.

While the White House has not officially endorsed the draft, it did have a hand in its language, according to The Washington Post.

Proponents of the measure stress the need to centralize cybersecurity of the private sector. "People say this is a military or intelligence concern," says Rockefeller, "but it is a lot more than that. It suddenly gets into the realm of traffic lights and rail networks and water and electricity."

Snowe added, "America's vulnerability to massive cyber-crime, global cyber-espionage and cyber-attacks has emerged as one of the most urgent national security problems facing our country today. Importantly, this legislation loosely parallels the recommendations in the CSIS [Center for Strategic and International Studies] blue-ribbon panel report to President Obama and has been embraced by a number of industry and government thought leaders."

Critics decry the broad language, and are watchful for amendments to the bill seeking to refine the provisions. According to opencongress.com, no amendments to the draft have been submitted.

Organizations like the Center for Democracy and Technology fear if passed in its current form, the proposal leaves too much discretion of just what defines critical infrastructure. The bill would also impose mandates for designated private networks and systems, including standardized security software, testing, licensing and certification of cyber-security professionals.

"I'd be very surprised if it doesn't include communications systems, which are certainly critical infrastructure," CDT General Counsel Greg Nojeim told eWEEK. "The president would decide not only what is critical infrastructure but also what is an emergency."

Adds Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "Essentially, the Act would federalize critical infrastructure security. Since many systems (banks, telecommunications, energy)are in the hands of the private sector, the bill would create a major shift of power away from users and companies to the federal government."
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:51 am

But the internet is international.
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Baskerville Holmes

Hopscotch

Postby Baskerville Holmes » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:53 am

Which internets are we going to hack?

All of them.
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Wiki-Snake

cheese

Postby Wiki-Snake » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:58 am

Al Gore has the master switch. He invented it.
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AaronW

Rain Partier

Postby AaronW » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:09 am

Of course. As soon as democracy breaks down Obama will want to limit and control communications to avoid organized resistance to his fascist regime.
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Iroh

Twenty-Something

Postby Iroh » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:09 am

COL Ludlow wrote:Al Gore has the master switch. He invented it.

Eliminating net traffic would be pretty eco-friendly, I'd wager. We'll have to carry on posting through the USPS.
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cyphon

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby cyphon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:10 am

Will there still be access to free porn? Cuz if that's the case, I don't think most people will even notice.

Dalarsco

cheese

Postby Dalarsco » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:25 pm

Aaron_W wrote:Of course. As soon as democracy breaks down Obama will want to limit and control communications to avoid organized resistance to his fascist regime.

Le sigh. At least get the side of the political spectrum right. If he was going to declare a dictatorship it would be COMMUNIST, not FASCIST.
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MoneyMelon

Chief Yankee Wanker

Postby MoneyMelon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:27 pm

Aaron_W wrote:Of course. As soon as democracy breaks down Obama will want to limit and control communications to avoid organized resistance to his fascist regime.

So we can't organize it on Twitter now? :(

Dooz

Postby Dooz » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:02 pm

The Melon wrote:So we can't organize it on Twitter now? :(


@The Melon: hey d00d, revolution starts @9. ps-i'm on the shitter. its great.
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nolanjwerner

Motherfucker from Hell

Postby nolanjwerner » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:26 pm

Never going to happen.

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