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John Brennan: CIA Works on Cyber Safeguards for US Critical Infrastructure

John Brennan
John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan has told CBS News in an interview that cyberspace offers a path for U.S. adversaries to attack critical infrastructure such as transportation and financial systems.

He said to reporter Scott Pelley in the “60 Minutes” segment aired Sunday the CIA is developing safeguards to protect the country’s key assets from attack vectors.

Brennan added he believes people make themselves vulnerable to exploiters when they disclose information on social networks.

“Individuals are liberally giving up their privacy, you know, sometimes wittingly and sometimes unwittingly as they give information to companies or to sales reps… or they go out on Facebook or the various social media.”

A middle-of-the-night phone call for Brennan could mean that a tragedy has occurred or that he needs to make a potentially life-and-death decision, he noted to CBS’ Pelley.

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