OVERNIGHT TECH: Lieberman says terrorist video proves need for cybersecurity standards

Lieberman is the sponsor of the Cybersecurity Act, which would authorize the Homeland Security to enforce cybersecurity standards for critical infrastructure. The bill would also encourage companies to share information about cyberattacks with each other and with the government.

But many Republicans oppose the cybersecurity mandates, saying they would impose an unnecessary burden on businesses. 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Trump NASA pick advances after drama | White House office to investigate Pruitt's soundproof booth | 170 lawmakers call for Pruitt to resign Trump's NASA nominee advances after floor drama Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush MORE (R-Maine), a co-sponsor of the Cybersecurity Act, called the video "troubling."

"It’s clear that Al Qaeda is exploring all means to do us harm and this is evidence that our critical infrastructure is a target," she said.

"They understand that a cyberattack on our critical infrastructure will cause us great harm — possibly more than a traditional physical attack.”

The FBI obtained the Al Qaeda video last year, but the portion about cyberattacks only recently gained broader circulation within the administration, according to a joint press release from Lieberman and Collins.

Web address application system re-opens: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) re-opened its application system on Monday after a software glitch forced the organization to temporarily stop accepting applications for new Web domain endings.

The deadline for submitting applications will be May 30.

ICANN, a California-based nonprofit that manages the Web's address system, began accepting applications earlier this year for new Web domain endings in addition to traditional endings such as .com or .org.

Last month, ICANN had to take its application system offline when it identified a glitch that allowed some groups to look at the confidential applications of their rivals.

"We recognize and regret the inconvenience caused by this glitch and the delayed closing of the application window," Akram Atallah, ICANN's chief operating officer, said on Tuesday.


FCC Chairman Genachowski backed data caps.

Broadcasters sued over the FCC's political ad rule.

Sen. Grassley accused the administration of catering to LightSquared's lobbyists.

Anonymous hacked a DOJ server.

Retailers launched a campaign to push for an online sales tax.

A Senate bill would create new visas for high-skilled immigrants.

Google completed its purchase of Motorola Mobility.