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House Passes Bill to Address State-Sponsored Cyber Threats; Rep. Ed Royce Quoted

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would create a threat-response framework to protect the U.S. against state-sponsored cyber attacks.

Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla., introduced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act which requires the President to identify cyber threat attackers, decide on sanctions and coordinate with allies on further action, the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday.

Ed Royce, who chairs the committee, said the legislation is intended to warn countries such as Iran, North Korea and Russia that the U.S. will retaliate against cyber threats.

Royce also cited the high cost of cyber attacks and the U.S.' lack of a unified response framework against state-sponsored cyber threats, both of which the bill aims to address.

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