June 26, 2012
Sophisticated computer attacks that hijack unsuspecting users’ machines for nefarious purposes are a growing threat to national security, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace said last week at The Heritage Foundation.
Pace warned that just one unintended click can set in motion events that could damage a user’s computer or even the national infrastructure. Hijacked “zombie computers” infected with malicious software can work in unison to attack more secure systems, he explained.
Pace retired after 40 years in the Marine Corps in 2007. During his career, he served as the principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council.
Watch his remarks:
What do you think America needs to do to bolster cybersecurity?