U.S. Representative Tim Bishop on Monday proposed a motion to amend the federal Intelligence Authorization bill to help ensure that U.S. military technology and intellectual property are protected.
Mr. Bishop’s proposal—which was not accepted—followed news that hackers got past security measures and were able to infiltrate the computer systems of U.S. Steel, Alcoa, SolarPowerAG and Westinghouse Electrical Company, a nuclear power provider.
Mr. Bishop asked his fellow House members to support an amendment requiring intelligence agencies to prioritize efforts to uncover, stop and prevent future attempts to steal U.S. information. The amendment also would have required the agencies to notify businesses and internet service providers when their networks are breached.
According to Mr. Bishop, five members of the Chinese military were indicted for stealing trade secrets. “The U.S. deserves better for supporting the right of nations like China to trade in the global marketplace, to be treated with respect and to participate in the community of nations,” he said. “My amendment would require our intelligence agencies to work together with private industry to safeguard our computer network infrastructure. We must protect our military secrets, and we must ensure our citizens are not losing out on jobs of the future because of cyber-crime.”
The amendment was not accepted, according to a press release, but U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, acknowledged the importance of the amendment and said he would work with Mr. Bishop to curb hacking.