Report: Iran Plotting Cyber Attacks Against U.S. from Mexico
Sen. Joe Lieberman weighs in
- Duration 5:43
- Date Dec 15, 2011
Sen. Joe Lieberman weighs in
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-- -- disturbing new evidence that Iran may be plotting cyber attacks against United States from inside Mexico.
Iran's high profile cyber targets are reportedly.
Nuclear power plants the CIA the FBI in the White House.
These are very serious allegations obviously they've been reported by Univision network it's a Spanish language television network and it's it's raising sand.
Some alarms in Washington certainly got our -- to wanna talk about it with Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman he's chairman the homeland security committee and obviously cyber securities and and that he focuses a lot on senator nice have you back with that's.
Thanks -- -- good to be back with you a little bit more background work for those of us may -- into this documentary.
This documentary says -- investigative -- is at a digital bomb is being created that could be an attack worse then the World Trade Center according to them.
And it's being developed inside Mexico in the to cyber threat to some of our main office is obviously inside this country have you heard of anything like that's.
Well I've heard the story of another government our government is investigating other -- much more than that about a book that I I can tell you this.
As the chairman of the homeland security committee.
That there are other countries in the world and other.
Non state actors.
Organized criminal gangs.
Who -- constantly every day you are probing.
Both our governmental web -- it's.
And private sector -- such sometimes the president to have started to -- the purpose of stealing industrial secrets -- money.
And it happens too much so increasing the cyber defenses of the United States has been a major focus.
Of our government and our committee we have a big piece of legislation that the majority leader senator Reid -- he's gonna.
The -- out of work committee is gonna go to the senate floor early.
Next year when we get back and I think Federal Reserve defenses against those possible attacks just like -- -- talking about my.
I like to talk to more about that legislation a moment it just -- it.
And report like this makes you wonder how vulnerable.
We really aren't they can't get into the can you give -- some more information about just how vulnerable we are right now today to -- cyber attack.
The I mean literally make.
This statement this is a classic case that we've seen over history a tremendous.
New capacity develops -- -- fire steam engine room.
And eventually gets used for our military purposes here we've got to have good -- of the Internet.
And now enemies are using it two contemplate attacks against us and and from a security point of view we we have developed tremendous offensive cyber capacities.
I think we're still catching up on our defense is what we're doing a lot better and here's part of the charges were were very good at defending.
Government web sites.
Defense a non defense but a lot of the targets.
That an enemy of the United States might detect virtually all owned by the private sector including some of those mentioned in this -- story.
Electric power facilities.
Immediately the financial.
Of the transportation.
And an enemy wanting to attack us you can imagine wouldn't have to fly planes.
Overhead and drop bombs on.
Critical facilities that they could attack from afar.
Servers for us and -- Financing there's examples -- very they're very.
Pretty and obviously because electricity is something Navajo with what look over sitting under the lights renowned for a lot of us -- -- -- shopping in using as his primary website.
That don't -- aren't -- utilities there are -- obviously attached to a broader network you wanted to.
Developed in part -- legislation if I have this practice is at an office it's cyber policy and certainly all Americans.
Our security wanna be safer but we often don't wanna create another level of bureaucracy so why do you think that this is the key.
To making sure that we are secure when it comes to.
Our our cyber defenses.
But here here's what's happening in the private sector that owns a lot of that sabres infrastructure in America.
There and that is vulnerable to attack where enemies some of the companies are doing a lot.
To raise their defenses.
-- are not and so I think we need an office and it's not going to be a big one.
That will set standards work with the National Security Agency.
-- which is are our premier electronic intelligence agencies through the Department of Homeland Security.
To interface with the people or private server space and in the most critical infrastructure cases to actually.
Impose requirements on -- you've got to in the national interest.
Begin to invests more in defending your cyberspace because in doing so you'll defend the country so.
Its standards its requirements for the most.
Critical coverage cyber infrastructure and that's a lot of incentives -- -- for the private sector to do most of us.
But because that's where most of the cyber space is owned and operated.
Had a big issue for the -- -- head so we appreciate the preview on that senator and and we look forward to talking to -- -- -- in the future as well thank you as always thank you -- have a great.
Interesting that our pentagon.
Developed the Internet and now it becomes a military threat has that this is shocking report.
Have both try to put some more information on our website -- want to -- can check it out -- lot of details to this this documentary the Iranian threats.