Gillibrand Urges Harder Stance On Cyber Attacks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she will urge President Barack Obama to launch a global effort to crack down on cyber criminals to protect New York City businesses and hold countries accountable.

As Wikileaks continues to run the headlines and release once classified documents, Gillibrand teamed up with Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology, to advocate laws that will examine cyber criminals with a closer eye.

Gillibrand says attacks by hackers on companies like MasterCard and Visa after they cut ties with Wikileaks showcases global vulnerabilities to online threats. Clarke says tools have to be put in place to protect the country’s infrastructure from attack.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reports

A release from Gillibrand stated that “estimates show New York City businesses lose more than $1.9 billion each year from cyber attacks” and that 70 percent of those attacks come from outside the U.S.

Gillibrand, along with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, proposed legislation earlier this year that would require the president to report to Congress every year about online security issues around the world. The legislation also would identify countries that are of particular concern in regard to online crimes.

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  • nyphonejacks

    stop calling all of these script kiddies “hackers” they are computer criminals, not hackers…

  • bush

    she used to be a hottie. what the heck happened?!?!

  • greedo

    “The internet is for porn. The internet is for porn. That is why the net was born, porn porn porn !!”

  • J. Thomas

    Wake up senator! Millions of people are involved. They are speaking up. Why is it once you are elected you think you no longer answer to the people?


  • doc

    Hey Senator. Cut tax and spending! Bring troop home. Give our children a chance. Instead of enriching the elitist.

  • BS Meter

    This makes here appear “important” — at least within Symantec’s business circles.

  • Michael Serveto

    Yeah Senator Gillibrand, why don’t you worry about your less fortunate constituents that have to make ends meet and feed their family?????????????

  • anonymous

    My God, what a grandstander.

  • Alfred

    Hey Senator, do you have anything to say about minimum wages, etc ??? those are who voted for you (also middle class) not the business owners. Let the Republicans worry about cyber crimes…..I gave you my vote to work for my concerns, and not waist time with other people concerns……..respectfully

    • fern

      Alfred, you may be right but your spelling sucks.

      Looking at her waist maybe a waste of time

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