U.S. House Passes CISPA; Labrador Votes 'Yes,' Simpson 'No'

Measure designed to curb cyber-attacks


Idaho's representation in the U.S. House Representatives split on Thursday - Rep. Raul Labrador voted "yes" while Rep. Mike Simpson voted "no" - when the body approved legislation aimed at helping stop cyber-attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure and private companies.

The bipartisan vote came down to 248-168 in favor of the so-called "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act."

The House passed the act, encouraging companies to share information from the Web with the government to prevent electronic attacks. Intelligence operatives say the U.S. is increasingly being targeted by sophisticated hacking from criminal networks and foreign countries, specifically China.

But civil libertarians worry that the government will put national security interests ahead of the privacy of individual Americans. The Obama administration has already threatened to veto the bill. The White House, instead, favors a Senate plan to give the Homeland Security Department authority to set standards and oversee cyber security but that bill is currently stalled.