Threatening Moves by ProQuest

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Last July 4, a "botnet" army of hijacked computers launched denial-of-service attacks against the White House, several federal agencies, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Amazon and Yahoo, according to the cyber-security firm McAfee. Even before there's an emergency, Guard cyber experts - with their experience as both military personnel and civilian employees - could be an effective link between the military, law enforcement and the private sector on matters of network vulnerability and security, Coleman says. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., helped secure $2.5 million for the 262nd in the 2010 defense budget, and said die money will enable the unit "to assess and detect cyber threats," including threats to "power, water, communications, sewer and emergency services."

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