via Info Security
Testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA Director Leon Panetta said that cyberattacks pose a “real national security threat.”
“I’ve often said that I think the potential for the next Pearl Harbor could very well be a cyberattack. If you have a cyberattack that brings down our power grid system, brings down our financial systems, brings down our government systems, you could paralyze this country”, Panetta was quoted by UPI as saying.
He warned that Russia, China, and Iran are developing cyberattack capabilities. “We’re now the subject of literally hundreds of thousands of attacks that come in, in an effort to try to get information”, he added.
“We’ve got to develop not only defenses against that,” he continuted, “but we’ve got to put our assets in places where we can provide sufficient warning that these attacks are coming.”