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Tuesday Roundup: Cyber bill, a botnet map and hiring advice

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GOP senator calls cybersecurity bill "imperative."  Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) has rallied behind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) plan to bring up cybersecurity legislation in November, The Hill reports, since "only Congress has the authority to implement the tools needed to beef up the nation's defenses against a cyber attack."

Cost-driven defenses? Despite Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's warning of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" and other calls for improved defenses, AOL Gov suggests that "the current state of cyber security can accurately be described as budget driven."

CFPB's hiring advice. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently hired a slew of Fellows for their Design + Technology Fellowship program, Government Executive reports. Their recruitment strategy outlines three rules: get the right people in the room, design fellowships as the answer to a question, and measure success and learn quickly.

What a botnet looks like. Amid all the abstract warnings of increased cyber-dangers, security firm F-Secure has used Google Maps to illustrate just how many computers are infected with the "ZeroAccess botnet." Covering most of the U.S. and Western Europe, this botnet has the potential to use "click fraud and bitcoin mining" on infected computers.

A Google exec's crystal ball. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking to Google advertisers and partners Monday, described a world where artificial intelligence and robotic elements will be an integral part of our daily lives, the New York Times reports.  From universal language translation, to driverless cars and a robot who can go to parties for you, Schmidt predicted a world where "Eventually technology just disappears. It’s the ultimate achievement. No more ports and prompts and plug-ins.”

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