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Congressman Wolf Cites CIP Program in Press Release

The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program at George Mason and James Madison Universities was cited in a press release issued by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-10th) in which he announced his intention to introduce a privileged resolution on the House floor calling for increased protection of congressional computer and information systems.

Wolf revealed in his press release that four computers in his personal office, as well as those of several other House members and of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, were compromised by outside sources believed to have probed the computers to evaluate the systems' defenses and to view and copy sensitive information. Wolf believes there is a strong likelihood that these cyber attacks issued from within the People's Republic of China.

"Computer systems control all critical infrastructures, and nearly all of these systems are linked together through the Internet. This means that nearly all infrastructures in the United States are vulnerable to being attached, hijacked or destroyed by cyber means," Wolf stated.

Wolf Reveals House Computers Compromised by Outside Sources, Press Release from the Office of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th), June 11, 2008.

Excerpt:
"Not long ago, few people within the U.S. government or in universities were systematically studying how a massive failure of our infrastructure could seriously disrupt our economy and way of life. 

"Few understood that we could be vulnerable to damaging attacks launched from overseas using only computers via cyberspace. 

"The Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program at George Mason University and James Madison University, which is now six years old, was formed in response to this gap in our knowledge about cyber threats. 

"At my request, the CIP Program began producing a monthly topical publication on homeland security issues that is required reading in the Pentagon, Homeland Security, DOE and state and local homeland security agencies.

"Despite everything we read in the press, our intelligence, law enforcement, national security and diplomatic corps remain hesitant to speak out about this problem. Perhaps they are afraid that talking about this problem will reveal our vulnerability.  In fact, I have been urged not to speak out about this threat.

"But our adversaries already know we are vulnerable. Pretending that we are not vulnerable is a mistake. 

"As a nation, we must decide when we are going to start considering this type of activity a threat to our national security, a threat that we must confront and from which we must protect ourselves."

Read the Press Release

Read Wolf's Resolution