TechAmerica: We Were Victim of Cyber Attack; NCTA Site Has Troubles Too


TechAmerica, a tech company advocate and supporter of cyber security legislation sponsored by House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said Monday it was the target of its own cyber attack, The group believes the denial-of-service attack was led by Anonymous due to that support, while the National Cable & Telecommunications Association site was having trouble Monday as well.

"These types of strong-arm tactics have no place in the critical discussions our country needs to be having about our cybersecurity," said TechAmerica president and CEO Shawn Osborne of that group's outage, "They just underscore the importance of them.

A representative of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, which also backs the bill -- the legislation was rolled out last fall at an event hosted by NCTA -- told Multichannel News that it was investigating the problem but had not determined its root cause.

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Intelligence ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), allows, and encourages the government to share certain cyber threat intelligence with private entities, like ISPs. That threat information is any information in the intelligence community directly pertaining to the vulnerability of a network, government or private to efforts to degrade, disrupt or destroy the system or steal public or private information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information.

At press time, neither site was accessible from Multichannel News computers.