But we shouldn't act as though the private sector doesn't have its act together and the government does. There are also significant vulnerabilities in government.
The Internet is ubiquitous. It allows attacks from anywhere in the world. Attackers can loop in from many different Internet providers.
It is not at all unreasonable to expect the people and the groups who engage in those activities every day might focus their activities at the same time around the date change.
Unlike the original 'ILOVEYOU' virus, this one appears to have started, at least in significant part, in the United States rather than spreading from Asia to Europe to the United States.
This requires a close relationship between military and law enforcement.
People need to be much more vigilant in looking at e-mails. Just as with the original Love Letter virus, the e-mail will appear to come from someone you know.
Users should exercise caution when reading their e-mail for the next few days and bring unusual messages to the attention of their system administrator.
Our mission is to try to help protect the nation's critical infrastructures. Somebody sitting with a laptop computer and a modem connection on the other side of the world can attack those things if they don't have good security.