It’s not often I get an opportunity to say, “I told you so,” so quickly after opining on a topic. I recently noted here that one reason we are losing the battle against cyber-crime is that “privacy advocates” will stand in the way of the kind of monitoring necessary to catch Internet-based crooks and terrorists.

Lo and behold, it didn’t take long for someone else to confirm that privacy issues are likely to dilute the effectiveness of our Internet security efforts. According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Security Agency is bolstering an existing Homeland Security program—dubbed Einstein—to detect and respond to cyber attacks on government systems, and perhaps on any business system deemed critical to U.S. interests.

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