Lawmakers Probe Intelligence Officials on How the US Will Respond to a Cyberattack

The federal government, including the Defense Department, needs a clearer plan about how to respond to attacks on civilian systems, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee argued Tuesday.  Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz., suggested drafting a policy about “what the United States’ actions would be in the case of a threat, in the case of an actual attack,” he said during a hearing on encryption and cybersecurity. “If you don’t act, I guarantee you Congress will act,” he said, addressing witnesses Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and Marcell Lettre, undersecretary of defense for intelligence. The hearing illustrated disagreements between members of Congress, senior cyber officials and private technology companies about the best way to cooperate on preventing not only future cyberattacks, but physical attacks planned using encrypted communication…


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