Napolitano: Cyberattacks Came ‘Close’ to Shutting Down Parts of Infrastructure

Janet Napolitano

Hackers have come close several times to shutting down elements of the country’s infrastructure, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday.

At an event on cybersecurity hosted by the Washington Post, Napolitano told the audience thousands of attacks may have occurred during her 45-minute question-and-answer session.

“I think we all have to be concerned about a network intrusion that shuts down part of the nation’s infrastructure in such a fashion that it results in a loss of life,” she said.

The Post reports DHS is in the process of hiring about 1,000 cybersecurity specialists to combat hackers. The National Security Agency plans to hire more than 3,000 specialists by the end of fiscal 2012.

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