The U.S. Congress is debating a measure that would allow private
industry and the government to share information to secure networks against cyber attacks.
The Cyber Threat Intelligence and Information Sharing Act (CISPA) is an amendment to the National Security Act of 1947. It defines cybercrime as a national security threat, and facilitates the sharing of information between any private entity and the government in the event of an actual or potential cyber attack. This includes both destructive hacking that attempts to bring down a system and the invasion of a system to steal intellectual property or personally
Critics of the bill say that it does not protect the civil liberties of individuals
whose information may be shared with military agencies without a warrant or
appropriate oversight. The bill has not been brought to a vote in either the
House or Senate yet.