Cyber threats against US 'ramping up,' Obama says

March 13, 2013 16:30

WASHINGTON - Cyber security threats against the United States are growing, US President Barack Obama said before a meeting on Wednesday with corporate leaders about the issue, as concerns rise about hacking attacks emanating from China.

Speaking in a television interview, Obama stopped short of echoing concerns expressed by some lawmakers that the United States was engaged in some kind of electronic war with China."You always have to be careful with war analogies ... there's a big difference between them engaging in cyber espionage or cyber attacks and, obviously, a hot war," Obama told ABC News in the interview, which was taped on Tuesday but aired on Wednesday.

"What is absolutely true is that we have seen a steady ramping up of cyber security threats."

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