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How Close is the US to a Digital Pearl Harbor?

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January 10, 2010. A date that lives in infamy in the minds of cyber security experts.  That was the day Google and a number of other hi-tech firms announced they'd been hacked by the Chinese.  It was also the day the CEO of McAfee, one of the world's most popular antivirus brands, admitted its software had failed to detect the attacks. In the ongoing cat and mouse game of cyber security, this is not all that unusual.  It's common knowledge that as soon as one security hole is plugged and another piece of malware is defeated, then yet another rears its ugly head.  With the number of organized hacking rings and government sponsored cyber warfare units springing up worldwide, are we quickly coming to the point in time where it's nearly impossible to defend our digital assets?  More importantly, if multinational corporations and major banking systems are being attacked with impunity, what chance does the average citizen have of being able to secure their data?  Does a different kind of online security system need to be developed in order to prevent a digital Pearl Harbor?