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An Interview With Cybersecurity Czar Howard Schmidt 41

Trailrunner7 writes to tell us that US cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt recently gave an interview where he discusses his career and what he sees as the priorities of the positions. "Howard Schmidt has been involved in just about every aspect of the security industry during his career. After stints in the Air Force and at Microsoft, he served as a cybersecurity advisor to George W. Bush. Now, after heading back to the private sector for several years, he's been appointed to serve as President Obama's security advisor."
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An Interview With Cybersecurity Czar Howard Schmidt

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  • by zero0ne ( 1309517 ) on Monday February 22, 2010 @07:10PM (#31237912) Journal

    I may have said it in the other thread, but maybe not...

    If smart phones were turned into a botnet and they started attacking the internet, I am pretty sure AT&T / Verizon / ETC could AND WOULD stop this ASAP.

    every minute their network is congested / down / attacking other parts of its company means lost revenue to them...

    For this specific attack it makes sense that these companies would either know about this before the Gov't does, or at least be willing to listen to the gov't in this situation.


  • by aztracker1 ( 702135 ) on Monday February 22, 2010 @07:13PM (#31237954) Homepage

    They could politely *ask* the cellular companies to temporarily disable the data services at the towers, leaving voice enabled. That would probably be more effective in the end... simply text all the phones a notification that data services would be down for between X and Y hours.

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato