[ISN] Obama Said to Warn of Crippling Cyber Attack Potential

http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy-policy/2014/10/12/obama-said-to-warn-crippling-cyber-attack-potential/ By Charlie Gasparino Charlie Breaks It foxbusiness.com October 12, 2014 President Barack Obama believes cyber terrorism is one of the biggest threats to national security and says the White House is bracing for a possible doomsday scenario if hackers can successfully penetrate government and business computer systems, the FOX Business Network has learned. The president shared his thoughts on cyber terrorism last week, during a fundraising tour in New York City and a stop in Greenwich Conn., according to people who attended the events. At the same series of events, the president also downplayed the threat of a large Ebola outbreak in the United States, citing the nation’s medical infrastructure as the main reason the deadly virus hasn’t spread as it has in West Africa, these people say. A White House spokesman did not return requests for comment. Event attendees included a mix of wealthy Democrats with ties to New York’s financial businesses, and celebrities as Mark Wahlberg and Rosie O’Donnell. At the fundraisers, the president laid out what one person with first-hand knowledge of the fundraising meetings called a “doomsday” scenario if hackers can successfully gain entry into government systems or breach security walls at major banks. “The president is worried that cyber criminals could literally wipe out the identities of millions of people through some breach of government systems and that could lead to massive chaos,” this person said. […]




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