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Collins Urges Passage of Cyber Security Legislation

WASHINGTON - Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says both the United States government and many private sector businesses that operate crucial infrastructure, like electric power grids, are sitting ducks for cyber attacks.

Collins says twice in the last couple of years the Senate has failed to pass legislation bolstering security.

"What worries me most is the cyber attack on our critical infrastructure - by that, I mean our air traffic control system, our electric grid, our water control systems," Collins says. "Those could be devastating."

Collins says the federal government and the private sector need to work together and share information about cyber terrorists in order to reduce the likelihood of serious attacks on important computer systems. She says Congress should make passage of such legislation a priority this spring.