November 17, 2011
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren released a letter from Dr. Leonard Napolitano, the Director of the Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Computer Sciences and Information Technologies and a world renown cybersecurity expert. The letter reports that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would “negatively impact U.S. and global cybersecurity and Internet functionality.” Dr. Napolitano’s letter was in response to a request from Rep. Lofgren that the Sandia Labs do a technical assessment of H.R. 3261, SOPA, and S. 968, the PROTECT IP. The letter also says that neither bill would be effective at controlling piracy and would delay implementation of DNSSEC Internet security regime. Sandia National Labs is funded by the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Its mission, which includes both classified and unclassified research, includes nuclear weapons and energy, defense systems and assessments, homeland security and infrastructure.
“This analysis from one of our nation’s top cybersecurity experts is the definitive word that this legislation would undermine Internet security efforts and would harm the Internet. Dr. Napolitano and his team are tasked with securing our cyber infrastructure. Their assessment as experts at our national lab gives us the final answer as to whether these bills would endanger our security. They would.”