Saturday, February 11, 2006

U.S. Wraps Up Mock Internet Attack Drill

A war exercise of a different kind, "Cyber Storm" was staged by the Department of Homeland Security and involved more than 115 government agencies.

The drill wrapped up Friday.

It tested how the government would respond to a devastating attack over the Internet.

It included such imaginary, but real-life enemies as anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and even bloggers.

The results? The Internet survived. Not even the bloggers or hackers could break through or pose a serious threat to energy, transportation or health care industries.

“Cyber security is critical to protecting our nation's infrastructure because information systems connect so many aspects of our economy and society," said George W. Foresman, DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness.

"Preparedness against a cyber attack requires partnership and coordination between all levels of government and the private sector. Cyber Storm provides an excellent opportunity to enhance our nation's cyber preparedness and better manage risk.”

Homeland Security officials promise a full report by summer.

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