Congress still at cyber odds after CISPA passage

April 18, 2013

Tony Romm

Chinese cyberspies are stealing businesses’ trade secrets. Iranian hackers are targeting U.S. banks. And the federal government is grappling with cyber espionage almost daily — even as it’s spending more than ever to stop it.

Yet Washington — again — appears on the verge of another cyberwar with itself.

There’s some movement to patch up the country’s shoddy digital defenses now that the House has passed a cybersecurity bill with significant bipartisan support. But Thursday’s legislative victory on the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act — even in light of new cyber risks — isn’t enough to dissolve the political differences that have long left Washington so vulnerable.