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  • hollyannatexas hollyannatexas Jan 25, 2013 9:35 AM Flag

    Napolitano - CYBER 9/11

    Published: January 24, 2013 9:22 PM

    WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday warned that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swath of the Northeast.

    Napolitano said a "cyber- 9/11" could happen "imminently" and that critical infrastructure -- including water, electricity and gas -- was very vulnerable to such a strike.

    "We shouldn't wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyberworld. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of damage," said Napolitano, speaking at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington and referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    Napolitano runs the sprawling Homeland Security Department that was created 10 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11 and charged with preventing another such event.

    She urged Congress to pass legislation governing cybersecurity so the government could share information with the private sector to prevent an attack on infrastructure, much of which is privately owned.

    Sentiment: Buy

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    • I have been hearing serious talk of cyber attacks for years now. That's what peeked my interest in companies like FTNT. Look at what we did to Iran's nuclear program with our own cyber attack. I have heard experts claim that other technologically advanced countries as well as terrorists are working on or have programs that can attack our energy grids, banking system, and even government agencies. The dangers are real, and if FTNT proves to be a real player, investors should be rewarded. IMHO.

    • She's another from the group of idiots. I don't believe a thing she says. But on a more cheerful note I expect to see $27 this week. And that's without the government attacking their own systems to create cyber panic. Tick tock...two more days.

      Sentiment: Buy

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