The federal government could take over private firms' networks in the event of a widespread cyberattack in the United States, under a broad infrastructure security bill introduced in the Senate this week.
The draft bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), gives the Department of Homeland Security authority to keep "critical infrastructure" up and running during a "cybersecurity emergency," Wired
The measure states that once the president declares an "imminent cyberthreat," a DHS cybersecurity and communications director would "develop and coordinate emergency measures or actions necessary to preserve the
reliable operation, and mitigate or remediate the consequences of the potential disruption, of covered critical infrastructure."
"The owner or operator of covered critical infrastructure shall comply with any emergency measure or action developed by the Director," the bill says.
The emergency measures would remain in place for a month but could be be extended indefinitely, 30 days at a time.
Lieberman and Collins' bill is one of the more far-reaching proposals on Capitol Hill that seek to keep the Internet stable during an attack by hackers, according to Wired.