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Hamre To Hill: 'We're In A Cyberwar'

1 March 1999. Thanks to Anonymous.

Defense Week, March 1, 1999. Pg. 1

Hamre To Hill: 'We're In A Cyberwar'

By John Donnelly and Vince Crawley

Military computer systems are under siege by a "coordinated, organized" attack from an unknown source, the focus of an "intense" federal criminal investigation, U.S. officials told House lawmakers in a classified briefing last week. Details of the cyberassault were sketchy at press time. But Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), in an interview with Defense Week, described the situation in broad, unclassified terms.

A year ago, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre said it's not a matter of if the U.S. suffers an "electronic Pearl Harbor," but when. Last Tuesday, Hamre spent most of the hour-and-15-minute closed session before two House Armed Services Committee panels outlining a single major incident. Weldon quoted Hamre as saying: "'We are at war-right now. We are in a cyberwar.'"

"These are organized, very capable efforts that have very specific goals based upon what we've seen in attacking our systems," Weldon said in the interview.