"In the 21st century, almost all of our daily activities are linked to the internet - from banking to shopping to using our telecommunications networks and physical infrastructure systems," Governor Cuomo said, announcing the creation of an all-star New York cyber security advisory board last week. "Just as we protect against crime on our streets, we must also work to defend New Yorkers from cyber threats, ranging from identity theft to consumer fraud to threats to our physical infrastructure."
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For years, cyber security experts have feared that hackers might one day be able to control American power plants, utilities, or telecommunications remotely. Then, last Monday, a group of hackers supporting Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad briefly took over the Onion's Twitter account. "UN retracts report of Syrian chemical weapon use: Lab tests confirm it is Jihadi body odor," they tweeted using The Onion's handle. Two weeks prior, the same group hacked the AP, which caused the Dow Jones to plummet 143 points. Breaches of states' data, including tax or criminal information, is also not that unusual, points out James Lewis, cyber security expert and a director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. New York, he says, is particularly vulnerable.More »