Politics

Senate blocks cybersecurity bill days after hacking

Insight from cybersecurity expert David Kennedy

 

The Senate has blocked a cybersecurity bill just days after revelations about immense hacking of millions of government personnel files. 

The vote was 56-40, four short of the votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation and link it to a sweeping defense policy bill. 

Democrats had warned of the dangers of cyberspying after reports that hackers, possibly based in China, raided more than 4 million federal employment files. 

But many Democrats voted against moving ahead on the legislation, angered by the effort to link the cyber bill to a defense measure that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto over budget changes by the GOP.