Hacker Attack Warnings Don’t Budge Opposing Sides on Cyber Bill

Chamber of Commerce prefers voluntary system while Obama administration backs bill creating cybersecurity standards.

The White House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dug in to opposing positions on cybersecurity legislation yesterday as federal officials escalate warnings about hacker threats to the nation.

An executive of the Chamber of Commerce, the largest U.S. business lobby, backed a voluntary system to let the government and industry share cyber threat information during a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington.

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The Obama-backed bill’s lead sponsors are Senators Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, and Susan Collins, a Maine Republican. Lieberman, who isn’t seeking re-election, is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Collins is the panel’s top Republican.

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