Speaking in Washington Tuesday, the top U.S. cyber-defense official, Gen. Keith Alexander, said hackers are upping the intensity of their attacks.
“We are seeing the threat grow from exploitation to disruption to destruction,” Alexander told a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He warned that attacks could impact organizations ranging from stock markets to power grid operators. “Think about a company that loses all the data on its system … If you wipe out the data, you wipe out the ability of the system to operate," he said.
The cyber-chief recommended the implementation of an information sharing system between the private sector and the government -- the very sort of legislation that failed early this year in Congress.
Hackers with their sights on major corporations and institutions will no doubt take Alexander's compliment with a pinch of "lulz."