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Congress reviews cyber security protection legislation

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Washington--A bill has been introduced in Congress that would protect companies when they share information with the government about hacker attacks. The legislation is significant because corporations have been reluctant to share information on hacker attacks with such agencies as the FBI for fear that crucial customer information would then be made public through the Freedom of Information Act. The bill is structured in a similar fashion to legislation that was created to protect companies from the year 2000 computer meltdowns. U.S. Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and James Moran (D-Va.) introduced the bill. Hearings will be held before the Government Reform Committee before the August recess, and plans are in the works for a House vote before the end of the year.
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