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Why Laws Won't Save Banks From DDoS Attacks 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the legislative-firewalls-are-less-effective-than-actual-firewalls dept.
kierny writes "Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) should know better. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee claimed to told NBC News that the Operation Ababil U.S. bank disruption DDoS campaign could be stopped, if only private businesses had unfettered access to top-flight U.S. government threat intelligence. Not coincidentally, Rogers is the author of CISPA (now v2.0), a bill that would provide legal immunity for businesses that share threat data with the government, while allowing intelligence agencies to use it for 'national security' purposes, thus raising the ire of privacy rights groups. Just one problem: Numerous security experts have rubbished Rogers' assertion that threat intelligence would have any effect on banks' ability to defend themselves. The bank disruptions aren't cutting-edge or stealthy. They're just about packets overwhelming targeted sites, despite what Congressionally delivered intelligence might suggest."
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Why Laws Won't Save Banks From DDoS Attacks

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  • by gstoddart (321705) on Friday April 05, 2013 @03:13PM (#43372211) Homepage

    Not coincidentally, Rogers is the author of CISPA (now v2.0), a bill that would provide legal immunity for businesses that share threat data with the government, while allowing intelligence agencies to use it for 'national security' purposes

    These people want this information shared for their own purposes.

    This has nothing at all to do with protecting banks from DDoS -- it's about ensuring government access to all of our data. If they can get private industry to hand them data they can't collect on their own then they can circumvent other laws.

    I agree with the assessment that no law is going to make this kind of attack hitting from all over the world (and probably on zombie computers) go away.

    These people just want the total surveillance world that scares the rest of us.

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