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Senator says his office computers were hacked

Senator says his office computers were hacked
Senator says his office computers were hacked

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By Ben Bain
March 23, 2009

Three lawmakers are writing a bill designed to expand the cybersecurity 
workforce and bolster collaboration between the public and private 
sectors. Authors include Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who said his 
office=E2=80=99s computers have been hacked on several occasions.

Nelson announced March 20 that he is working with Sens. John Rockefeller 
(D-W.Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) to draft the legislation. 
Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation 
Committee, said during a hearing before that committee March 19 that the 
bill would seek to increase the cybersecurity workforce.

Experts continue to debate what new laws and regulations are needed to 
improve cybersecurity. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is more than 
halfway done with a 60-day review of the country=E2=80=99s cybersecurity 

In addition, the administration has pledged to appoint a national cyber 
adviser to coordinate federal agency efforts and the development of a 
national cyber policy. That person would report directly to the 
president, according to the administration=E2=80=99s homeland security platform.


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