Obama may issue order on defense against cyber attacks

By REUTERS
February 12, 2013 03:01

 
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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama plans to release a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving the nation's defenses against cyberattacks as early as Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The order, drawn up after Congress failed to pass legislation on the issue last year, is meant to improve the protection of critical industries and infrastructure from cyber intrusions.

Concerns about cyber attacks, which have hit a succession of major U.S. companies and government agencies in recent months, also could be raised by Obama in his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening.

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