Feinstein: We're 'going toward bloodshed' on cyber attacks

Outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSchiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout MORE (D-Calif.) said on Friday the U.S. is "going toward bloodshed" and "getting into the arena of major" acts of cyber terrorism.

"There can be an attack on the electrical system of the United States, on airport computers of the United States," she said. "We're getting into the arena of major attacks. Right now, it has to do a great deal with private industry. But the cost for private industry is now in the trillions of dollars. And it has to be stopped."


Feinstein's comments came after President Obama said Sony Pictures "made a mistake" by pulling its controversial film "The Interview" from theaters, a movie about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The studio was the target of a massive hack attack in October, which the FBI on Friday linked to North Korea.

Feinstein said the U.S. government has not developed a clear plan for dealing with cyber attacks since they became prevalent.

"Now, right now, you can look at North Korea, taken off the terrorist list, you can see this attack is in a sense a terrorist attack," Feinstein said. "You could put them back on. You can levy financial sanctions against them."

She also said that the U.S. could pursue and international agreement "with teeth" to help combat cyber threats.