October 12, 2012

The United States is facing a possible “cyber Pearl Harbor” carried out by computer hackers that could result in infrastructure damage and loss of life, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Calling the Internet a “battlefield of the future” where America’s enemies “can seek to do harm to our country, to our economy, and to our citizens,” Panetta said in a speech Thursday evening that the US Congress must pass cyber security legislation in order to protection the nation.

“Without it, we are and we will be vulnerable,” Panetta said in a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on the Hudson River in New York City.

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