U.S. to Intensify Effort Against Threat of Computer Terrorism

    Date10 Oct 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3175
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Bush administration confirmed Monday that it will spend $10 million to launch a newly intensive war against cyber-terrorism, which many government officials and terrorism experts consider a serious threat to national security with the potential for causing mass confusion and . . . The Bush administration confirmed Monday that it will spend $10 million to launch a newly intensive war against cyber-terrorism, which many government officials and terrorism experts consider a serious threat to national security with the potential for causing mass confusion and loss of life. As evidence of the new emphasis on high-tech terrorism, the White House is expected to announce today the creation of a "cyber-security" office.

    "Cyberspace," said one Bush administration official, "is our next battlefield. And the president has concurred that we need to be better prepared for it." President Bush will appoint Richard Clarke, the longtime coordinator of security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism for the National Security Council, to the position of special advisor to the president for cyberspace security. Retired U.S. Army Gen. Wayne Downing will be appointed deputy national security advisor and "national director for combating terrorism," administration officials said.

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