Bush Order Expands Network Monitoring

) “President Bush signed a directive [last] month that expands the intelligence community’s role in monitoring Internet traffic to protect against a rising number of attacks on federal agencies’ computer systems,” reports the Washington Post. The classified directive “authorizes the intelligence agencies, in particular the National Security Agency, to monitor the computer networks of all federal agencies—including ones they have not previously monitored. Until now, the government’s efforts to protect itself from cyber-attacks—which run the gamut from hackers to organized crime to foreign governments trying to steal sensitive data—have been piecemeal.” Now a task force headed by the Director of National Intelligence “will coordinate efforts to identify the source of cyber-attacks against government computer systems.… the Department of Homeland Security will work to protect the systems and the Pentagon will devise strategies for counterattacks against the intruders.”

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