The Obama administration will provide U.S. lawmakers with aclassified briefing today on the threat posed by computer attacksas a draft Senate cybersecurity bill faces resistance from businessgroups over its potential cost.

The legislation is aimed at compelling operators of vitalinfrastructure, such as utilities and phone carriers, to boostcyberdefenses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largestbusiness lobbying group, urged lawmakers this week to delayconsideration of the bill, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reidwants to bring to the floor by Feb. 17.

“Cyber criminals have the ability to interrupt life-sustainingservices, cause catastrophic economic damage, or severely degradethe networks our defense and intelligence agencies rely on,”Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, said in astatement yesterday. Rockefeller, who heads the Commerce Committee,is a lead sponsor of the bill.

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