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Retired General: US Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

Monday, 11 Apr 2011 03:44 PM

 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the United States is still "hugely vulnerable" to cyber attacks, but so are most other nations.

Retired Marine Gen. Peter Pace says the country is "way late" in preparing to defend critical computer systems from hackers, enemies and others.

Pace was chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the nation's highest military post, under then-President George W. Bush from 2005 until 2007. He spoke Monday at the Space Foundation's Cyber 1.1 conference in Colorado Springs.

Pace says the U.S. probably has the strongest offensive cyber capabilities of any nation, and it has employed cyber attacks in the past. He later declined to say how many times that has happened or describe the circumstances.

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