Two of the more controversial computer bills to go before Congress in recent years – a twice-failed proposal for sharing cyber threat intelligence and a long-standing hacking law – are emerging again in Washington amid the recent Sony hack.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, could soon appear again on Capitol Hill. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) says she’s prepared a draft bill that will complement the House-penned CISPA that was approved earlier this year.
The biggest thing to come out of Texas may turn out to be a blow to Internet freedoms: legislators there are considering a bill that would compromise privacy on the Web for all residents of the Lone Star State.
Scared that CISPA might pass? The federal government is already using a secretive cybersecurity program to monitor online traffic and enforce CISPA-like data sharing between Internet service providers and the Department of Defense.
A mass blackout of Internet sites has begun in protest of CISPA, as the controversial law makes its way to the US Senate. Hacktivist group Anonymous urged support for the blackout, storming Twitter with calls for action.