President Barack Obama has spoken about his new proposals aimed at working to protect the personal data of consumers while hackers penetrated the US military social media accounts.
According to a report by the BBC, president Obama has called for legislation that will require companies to let their customers know about breaches in customer data security within a maximum of 30 days.
He said identify theft and other cyber attacks were a “direct threat to the economic security” of Americans.
But shortly after his speech, the Twitter account for the US military’s Central Command was hacked.
While the attack on the Twitter account was certainly seen as being an embarrassment for the President, experts have reiterated that it was not actually a very sophisticated hack and did not represent a real threat to US online security.
Both the Twitter and the YouTube accounts of the US military command were suspended shortly after being hacked by a group claiming to be supporting Islamic State
One message on the Centcom’s Twitter feed said: “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back.”
According to a report by the BBC, Centcom said it was “cyber-vandalism” and not a serious data breach. In a statement, it said there was no operational impact and no classified information was posted.
“We are viewing this purely as a case of cyber-vandalism,” it said.
The proposals on internet security by President Obama come after a year in which many large US retailers, including Target, Home Depot, Staples and Sears, were hit by cyber-thieves keen to scoop up payment-card data.
According to the BBC, in a speech previewing his annual State of the Union speech, Mr Obama urged Congress to pass a nationwide law to require firm to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked and make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas.
Currently, different states have different disclosure regimes, many of which are more than 10 years old.
“As we’ve all been reminded over the past year, including the hack of Sony, this extraordinary interconnection creates enormous opportunities, but also creates enormous vulnerabilities for us as a nation and for our economy, and for individual families,” Mr Obama said.
“This is a direct threat to the economic security of American families and we need to stop it… If we are going to be connected, we need to be protected.”