Internet Kill Switch proposed for President to shut off Internet
The leaked documents indicate that the Department of Homeland Security stated that internet service providers, search engines, and software firms will be forced to comply with emergency measures, which can include shutting down US access to the web. Any company that fails to comply will be fined.
The legislation is proposed by Senator Lieberman (D-CT), and is formerly entitled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. Homeland Security will create a list of internet companies that it deems to be assets in protecting America during times of crisis by shutting down.
The National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC) will then enforce emergency measures on these companies. The NCCC will be given the power to monitor the security status of private sector web sites in the US and other countries that could potentially cause serious harm to us. Private companies will also be required to participate in information sharing with the Feds. Owners of private websites will also have to certify in writing that they are following the cybersecurity guidelines.