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Rep. Frank Wolf: Every American has been attacked by foreign cyber-hackers

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Every single American has been attacked by foreign cyberhackers, according Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who has worked on the issue since Chinese government hackers targeted his office in 2006.

“There are two kinds of people in America today: those who have experienced a foreign cyberattack and know it, and those who have experienced a foreign cyberattack and don’t know it,” Wolf said while highlighting the cyber security provisions in the recent omnibus spending bill.

"[T]he bill provides increased funding to the FBI for investigative, intelligence and technology improvements to combat malicious cyber intrusions," the press release explains. "It also directs the FBI to continue to produce an annual national cyber threat assessment -- both classified and unclassified -- that identifies and ranks the foreign governments posing the greatest threats to the U.S."

The legislation also requires a risk assessment before NASA and other government agencies acquire information technology from other governments, in addition to an assessment that it's in the national interest to make the purchase if the technology comes from China.

“With the threat of cyber-espionage greater today than it’s ever been, provisions like those included in this legislation are vital to keeping our country safe and secure from foreign threats,” Wolf said.

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