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House panel wants cybersecurity briefing

House panel wants cybersecurity briefing
House panel wants cybersecurity briefing

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By Doug Beizer
April 22, 2009

Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee have 
asked Defense Department officials for a briefing on cybersecurity amid 
reports that data about the Joint Strike Fighter was stolen.

The letter sent April 21 to Defense Secretary Robert Gates referred to a 
report in the Wall Street Journal that said computer spies infiltrated 
DOD=E2=80=99s Joint Strike Fighter Program. The letter was signed by Reps. 
Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), the committee's chairman, and Darrell Issa 
(R-Calif.), the panel's ranking member. .

According to the published report, information about the fighter=E2=80=99s 
electronics may have been stolen, and the cyberattack might have come 
from a foreign source.

=E2=80=9CIf true, these allegations are serious and potentially far-reaching,=E2=80=9D 
the letter states. =E2=80=9CGiven the potential national security implications 
of this matter, we hereby request that the department provide committee 
staff with a briefing regarding the events alleged in the above 


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