Observing that the US is the most vulnerable target for a "massive crippling cyber attack", a former top intelligence official has said America would lose a cyber war if it was waged today and that India and China are giving a tough competition to the country in this field.
"If the nation went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose. We would lose. We're the most vulnerable. We're the most connected.
"We have the most to lose. So if we went to war today in a cyberwar, we would lose," John Michael McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate.
McConnell said countries like India and China are giving a tough competition to the US in the field.
"One of the things I worry about is we are significantly outnumbered in terms of population, in China and India and other places. So we don't have a birthright to intelligence. I mean, there are smart people all over the world. It's an even distribution," he said.
He said other countries are investing in the filed in a major way and if the US has to compete with them then the country has to produce more engineers and computer scientists.
McConnell said the current cyber system in the US is not secure.
"...As a consequence of not mitigating the risk, we're going to have a catastrophic event," he said.
He said Internet poses a real threat to private information, much-needed utilities, ubiquitous financial services and critical government resources.