Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said that stalled cybersecurity legislation in Congress “doesn’t go far enough” to protect the U.S. from debilitating hacks sponsored by a cadre of foreign countries.
During a brief question-and-answer session with the press in Iowa, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination expanded to four the list of countries she has publicly charged with waging cyberwarfare that represents a serious commercial and national security threat
“It’s not only the Chinese. We know that other governments—Russia, North Korea, Iran—have either directly or indirectly sponsored hacking,” the former secretary of State said. “And we worry about terrorist organizations getting access to the capacity.”
Clinton—who grabbed headlines over the weekend by assailing China for “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move”—added that legislation to expand the sharing of “cyberthreat data” alone between the government and private sector is not enough to thwart malicious activity.
“We’ve been trying to get a good plan going forward; we’re making a little bit of progress on that in the Congress. It is, for me, not enough,” Clinton said. “It doesn’t go far enough to try to have better coordination between the public and private sector.”