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Obama may issue order Wednesday on defence against cyber attacks

Published on Feb 12, 2013 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama plans to release a long-awaited executive order aimed at improving the nation's defences against cyberattacks as early as Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The order, drawn up after Congress failed to pass legislation on the issue last year, is meant to improve the protection of critical industries and infrastructure from cyber intrusions.

Concerns about cyber attacks, which have hit a succession of major US companies and government agencies in recent months, also could be raised by Mr Obama in his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning, Singapore time).

One of the White House's major goals is to improve information-sharing about attacks among private companies, and between companies and the government.

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