Xinhua News - Scott Louis Weber

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    Scott Weber, a partner in the firm's New Jersey office, was prominently featured by Xinhua News in an article about cyber security warfare on December 19, 2009. The article looks at how cyber security issues have taken on increased importance as the United States engages in bilateral talks with Russia and prepares to speak next month with the United Nations' committee on disarmament and international security.

    In the past, the U.S. has kept all cyber-talk limited to the U.N.’s economic forum, noted Xinhua News, one of the largest news agencies in China. Moving the discussions into a realm of security is necessary, said Mr. Weber, the former counsel to former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an interview with the news agency.

    "It is a very important acknowledgment, that above all the spectrum of hazards that a country would need to deal with, whether it’s a hurricane or a terror attack…cyber-attacks happen almost on a daily basis,” Mr. Weber told Xinhua News. “But we've almost become numb to it because it's so frequent.”

    For nations to admit that cyber-attacks happen frequently is akin to “airing one's dirty laundry," Xinhua News reported. "No country wants to openly talk about it for fear of giving away national security secrets to those who might be the perpetrators.”

    Mr. Weber told Xinhua News that nations “must walk a fine tightrope and perform a charade in the delicate balance of sharing information while not giving away top-secret defense and offensive strategies.”

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