James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Defense Sec. Panetta: U.S. Could Face 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor'

Speaking to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York on Oct. 11, Panetta said individuals in adversarial nations like China, Russia, and Iran,  could "use cyber tools to gain control of critical switches." He said such attackers "could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, they could derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could also contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country." Critics allege that Panetta is trying to scare Republicans into supporting the Cyber-security bill Sen. John McCain and others blocked in August. The opposition to that bill arose from concerns that passage of the bill would mean more burdensome and costly new regulations for American businesses.  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/13/Defense-Secretary-Panetta-U-S-Could-Face-Cyber-Pearl-Harbor