As many as 15 million infected computers may be sending spam and disrupting Internet networks around the world. Cyber-warfare is a real threat to national security and the economy. We talk about how it works, who should take charge of cyber-defense and how civil liberties can be protected. Also, President-elect Barack Obama picks a a securities-industry regulator to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. On Reporter's Notebook, can a nice girl from the Upper East Side handle the brutal politics of New York and Washington?
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Jim Dempsey and David Cole
Attacks on the Internet may not produce blood and gore, but they do pose genuine threats to national security and the economy. Credit card theft, bank fraud and other electronic crimes are on the rise. There's evidence that China and Russia have hacked into defense contractors and even the Pentagon. Advisors to the Obama transition team are among those recommending a Center for Cyber-security Operations to be overseen by a special White House advisor. When would a cyber-attack be an act of war? Should intelligence agencies, law enforcement or the military take charge? What about individual privacy?
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)
John Arquilla, Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
Sami Saydjari, CEO, Cyber Defense Agency
Jim Dempsey, Center for Democracy and Technology
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Alexandra Marks, Staff Writer, Christian Science Monitor
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