Eric Engleman and Chris Strohm
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Obama administration simulated a cyber attack on New York City’s power supply in a Senate demonstration aimed at winning support for legislation to boost the nation’s computer defenses.
Senators from both parties gathered behind closed doors in the U.S. Capitol yesterday for the classified briefing attended by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other administration officials.
The mock attack on the city during a summer heat wave was “very compelling,” said Senator Susan Collins , a Maine Republican who is co-sponsoring a cybersecurity bill supported by President Barack Obama. “It illustrated the problem and why legislation is desperately needed,” she said as she left the briefing.
U.S. lawmakers are debating cybersecurity legislation following assaults last year on companies including New York- basedCitigroup Inc. (C) , the third-largest U.S. bank by assets, and Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) , the world’s largest defense company.
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