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Pete Hoekstra: We're Only Seeing 'Tip of Iceberg' on Cyber Threats

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 02:44 PM

The terror threats to U.S. airlines via Twitter is a sign the United States is not prepared to deal with cyber threats, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra tells Newsmax TV.

Such threats have led JetBlue Airlines to ground one flight, other airlines have responded by evacuating and searching aircraft before takeoff as well as by diverting flights.

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"The FBI is going to have to develop the forensic techniques to find and identify these folks," Hoekstra told hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" Tuesday. "As soon as we do, prosecutors will have the full extent of the law."

Until then, "we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg as to how people may use [cyber threats], how they will be created to disrupt the economy, how disruptive it is . . . and how they can use it to inflict real damage," he explained. 

"It is totally an unexplored space," he said.

And unfortunately, he contends that "we are ill equipped to deal with it from a law enforcement perspective, and until we actually get a grip on this, you're going to see more of this rather than less."

One of the challenges is locating "exactly where these threats are coming from," the Michigan Republican said.

"We're going to have to work with our allies, but the bottom line is cyber is also going to be a tool that is going to be used extensively by our enemies — Russia, Iran, China, North Korea," Hoekstra said.

The next question is when the United States does locate the source of the threats, "then the interesting thing is going to be how are we going to respond as a country? Are we going to view . . . it as potentially an act of war?" he asked.

Even if no lives have been lost from these threats so far "the bottom line is it's going to be disruptive to the economy, it's going to be disruptive to these airlines, to the passengers on the airline, and it's going to be expensive."

Airlines cannot afford to ignore such a threat, even if it is a hoax, he added.

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