Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill Reintroduced as Egypt Remains Dark

Tuesday Feb 1st 2011 by Datamation.com Staff
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Two Senators have re-introduced a bill that would give the President the ability to shut down the Internet in the event of a cyberattack.

NetworkWorld: While Egyptians face yet another day with no Internet service due to a government shutdown, two Senators have re-introduced legislation to give the President the power to shut down the Internet in the U.S. Democrat Joseph Lieberman and Republican Susan Collins have introduced an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which would create an Internet "kill switch" that could be flipped in the event of a cyberattack.

The Senators say the bill would not give the President the authority to shut down the Internet because of civil unrest.

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