The head of the Department of Homeland Security admitted Thursday that there have been some instances in which hackers have “come close” to shutting down parts of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said these types of network intrusions on financial systems, transportation networks and other assets key to America’s day-to-day functioning are one of her top concerns in an age when cyberattacks are growing exponentially.
“It could theoretically cause a loss of life, but also a huge economic loss,” Napolitano said at a Washington Post Live conference Thursday morning. “We’ve seen attempts on Wall Street, transportation systems, things of those sorts.”
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