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Cyber-threat rising, Chertoff says

Homeland security boss speaks to group in Silicon Valley. Cyberspace attacks on the nation’s increasingly interlocked computer systems are a growing security threat that could quickly overshadow any bomb a terrorist might carry onto a subway, Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told a Silicon Valley audience Thursday. “The challenge cyber-terrorism poses is that you don’t even need to be a group to commit cyber-terrorism,” he said. “A 16-year-old kid on the other side of the world … can do the type of damage it used to take armies to do.” Chertoff was in Santa Clara to talk about the work he’s doing with the homeland security agency, where’s he’s been the boss since February. But in the nation’s high-tech hotbed, the emphasis turned to the computing world. Full Story

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