Intelligence Chief Warns of Threat to Info Systems

The threat of a crippling attack on computer and telecommunications networks is growing, America's top intelligence official told lawmakers, as an increasingly sophisticated group of enemies has "severely threatened" the sometimes fragile systems undergirding the country's information systems. "Sensitive information is stolen daily from both government and private sector networks, undermining confidence in our information systems, and in the very information these systems were intended to convey," Dennis C. Blair said in his prepared remarks to a Senate committee.