U.S. should be able to shut down Internet, former CIA chief says


Reuters
September 27, 2010

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Cyberterrorism is such a threat that the U.S. president should have the authority to shut down the Internet in the event of an attack, Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said.

Hayden made the comments during a visit to San Antonio where he was meeting with military and civilian officials to discuss cyber security. The U.S. military has a new Cyber Command which is to begin operations on October 1.

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Hayden said the president currently does not have the authority to shut down the Internet in an emergency.

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