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Feds roll out cyber plan as Hill vows legislation

Wednesday - 2/13/2013, 11:40pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Administration officials and lawmakers say America is losing an aggressive cyber-espionage campaign waged from China.

Wednesday, both sides agreed to push legislation that would make it easier for the government and industry to share information about who is getting hacked and what to do about it.

They say the new partnership is critical to keeping countries like China, Russia and even Iran from rummaging in American computer networks and targeting proprietary data. That data can be used to wreak havoc or compete against U.S. businesses.

Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that relies heavily on participation from U.S. industry in creating new voluntary standards for protecting information. The order also expands the government's effort to share threat data with companies.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says until Congress acts, President Obama will be fighting to defend this country with one hand tied behind his back. The Democrat promised Wednesday to advance a bipartisan proposal "as soon as possible."

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323-a-11-(General Keith Alexander, director, National Security Agency, and U.S. Cyber Command. at news conference)-"our critical infrastructure"-General Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, says the private sector and governments at all levels must work together to fight the very real threat of cyber attacks. (13 Feb 2013)

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325-a-09-(Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator, at news conference)-"framework of standards"-Michael Daniel, the White House cyber security coordinator, says the Obama administration understands the very real threat of cyber attacks. (13 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO DCAH110: U.S. Cyber Command Commander, National Security Agency Director and Central Security Service Chief General Keith Alexander gestures during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, to give an update on President Barack Obama's Cybersecurity policy. Warning that American companies are the target of an intensive cyber-espionage campaign, President Barack Obama's top security officials on Wednesday said they are struggling to defend the nation from attacks on its private computer networks and called on Congress to pass legislation that would close regulatory gaps. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) (13 Feb 2013)

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