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New Cyber Security Bill Can Shut Down Private Networks

By: TopDog - Published: Apr 23, 2009 • References: schneier and eff.org
The Cyber-Security Act of 2009 will give unprecedented power to shut down the Internet during high risk situations, shifting access away from users and companies to the U.S government.

The bill, which was introduced to Congress, grants unlimited non-emergency data access for all critical infrastructure systems, including banks, energy and telecommunications, which are currently privately held.

The bill also skirts the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Privacy Protection Act, as well as financial privacy regulations. What’s worse is the possibility of accidentally enabling ‘hackers’ or cyber-criminals wholesale access to the trunk of the new system, effectively handing the Internet over to them.