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Obama orders review of cyber security

The US president has ordered a 60-day review of federal cyber security to establish what is being done to protect vital US military systems.

USintelligence official Melissa Hathaway will head the review, according to the White House.

This will help "develop a strategic framework to ensure that USGovernment cyber security initiatives are appropriately integrated, resourced and c-oordinated with Congress and the private sector," said a White House statement.

"The national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability, and integrity of our nation's cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors. The president is confident that we can protect our nation's critical cyber infrastructure while at the same time adhering to the rule of law and safeguarding privacy rights and civil liberties," said assistant to the president for counter-terrorism and homeland security, John Brennan.

Self confessed hacker Gary Mckinnon said breaking into the US government computers was child's play.The US alleges that McKinnon hacked Nasa and military computers in 2001 and 2002 and caused damage worth nearly $1m. McKinnon admitted hacking, but denied causing damage.

Rick Howard, director of intelligence at security supplier iDefense, said any modern internet user must rethink what they consider important when securing their assets."We congratulate President Obama on taking cyber security seriously and putting in place proactive steps to combat it," he added.


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