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Obama Set to Announce New Cyber Defence Order

United States President Barack Obama is believed to be preparing a new order that aims to increase the country's defenses against cyber attacks.

Reuters cited "sources familiar with the matter" who claimed an order could be issued this week, which may be unveiled during Obama’s annual State of the Union Address to Congress on Tuesday evening, February 12.

The order would subsequently see the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) playing a pivotal role in protecting critical U.S. infrastructure as cyber attacks continue to affect the country's banks and government departments. The DHS is expected to form a system that showcases intelligence deriving from both the private and public sector.

"Our biggest issue right now is getting the private sector to a comfort level so they can report anomalies, malware, incidents within their network" without undue fear of being "outed" as victims, said FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely. "We know the executive order isn't going to go as far as legislation could or will go, but it's a good start."

 

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  • wannabepro
    Another executive order? I wonder what freedoms this one will revoke..
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  • Why don't we just ban the internet, that'll solve everything... Oh and let's also install cameras everywhere in case anyone ever picks their nose or farts in public!

    Gimme a break...
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  • NuclearShadow
    I see what this really is. Since it's handled by DHS they will be able to claim every action as national security. Which gives them the power to ignore any laws/rights. Let's face it the DHS isn't going to magically make banks and the government more secure. This isn't about security. What they are hoping to do is increase the DHS budget to be more bloated than it already is and acquire resources to better spy on people's online activities and to track down whistle blowers and hacktivists.

    I hate when people call Obama a liberal because when he does things like this he clearly is not.
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  • abbadon_34
    Damn, there no hiding his second term agenda. Maybe it'll piss off enough people get "change you can believe in" in 2014 and 2016
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  • okibrian
    First rule of security- People are the weakest link.
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  • 10tacle
    Another executive order? I wonder what freedoms this one will revoke..

    Only God knows. What I find amusing is how the Obama apologists like to compare other presidents using EOs as well (especially Bush). But there were next to zero EOs by previous presidents that established so much freedom and liberty-inhibiting and privacy invasion measures as this current president's EOs have done. It's so ironic actually...all the things the left said about Bush (tyrant, dictator, fascist, etc.) have actually come through fruition under Obama and they say nothing while he chips away at freedoms in America under the guise of "domestic security." If Bush put drones in the skies over America, all holy HELL would have broken loose among the progressives and their main stream media.
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  • jhansonxi
    Government IT security could be improved by not rewarding contracts on the basis of lowest bid or politically powerful constituent.
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  • thechaver
    The tyrannical government is scarred of it's population.
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  • danielravennest
    10tacleBut there were next to zero EOs by previous presidents that established so much freedom and liberty-inhibiting and privacy invasion measures as this current president's EOs have done.
    The reason there have been so many lately is the financial meltdown from 2007, and the lack of jobs. This created lots of pissed off people who might end up rioting in the streets. The Occupy Wall Street movement was an early stage of that. Not rioting, but showing how pissed off people were that they came out to demonstrate. The bankers and politicians are running scared that the US could follow in the footsteps of other popular revolutions. Therefore we see:

    * Militarization of the police (giving them lots of military-class weapons)
    * Spying online, so they can detect people organizing
    * Gun control regulations to disarm the population
    * Labeling anyone they don't like as terrorists, money launderers, hackers, and child pornographers.

    and many more actions along the same lines. Whenever any of these actions come up, ask yourself if it protects the bankers and politicians from *us*. In the story above, that is explicit:

    "...protecting critical U.S. infrastructure as cyber attacks continue to affect the country's banks and government departments." - yup, running scared.

    I expect them to try and regulate 3D printers sometime soon, because you can use them to print gun parts.
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  • nebun
    obama is on idiot along with all those who voted for him......
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