Congresswoman at Hearing on Cyber Threats Had Identity Stolen

By Melanie Arter | June 1, 2012 | 5:11 PM EDT

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

( Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who serves on the House Financial Services Subcommittee, said at Friday’s hearing on cybersecurity threats to the U.S. financial industry that her identity had been stolen, and the culprit was still at large.

Mahoney pointed to a recent report by Symantec, the Internet Security Threat Report, which said that half of U.S. businesses are targeted by cyber attacks.

“And over 232 million identities were stolen in 2011, including my own. There’s a Carolyn Maloney running around Maryland, so almost every American or most of us have had that really inconvenient situation happen to us,” Mahoney said.

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“In their report, they say that 5.5 billion total attacks are blocked, were blocked in 2011. So not only do we have to look at ways to continue to block this, but we need to continue to look at ways to protect our capital markets and our industries – both public and private – the information that we have,” she said.

“What I’m hoping to actually hear from the panel – and actually, should I be worried that there’s another one of you running around Maryland?” Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) asked Maloney.

“There is. The FBI’s looking for him,” Maloney replied.

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