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Washington reacts to a month of cyber-attacks

Joe Mont | May 17, 2017

Following one of the largest global cyber-attacks in history, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), have introduced the Protecting our Ability To Counter Hacking (PATCH) Act.

Earlier this month, the WannaCry ransomware, which holds systems hostage for payment in Bitcoin, infiltrated organizations in over 100 countries around the world. The bipartisan legislation promises to add transparency and accountability to the government’s process for retaining or disclosing vulnerabilities in technology products, services, applications, and systems.

“As we’ve seen in recent days with the worldwide ransomware attack, the continued threat of cyber-attacks means that we need to combine public and private efforts to maintain the security of America’s networks and information,” Johnson said. “It is essential that...

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