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U.S. works to secure networks as hackers advance

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Updated: 12/05/2010 10:35 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Computer experts say it will take several years for the government to fully install high-tech systems to block hackers and other network intrusions.

The Department of Homeland Security is moving methodically to pare down and secure the approximately 2,400 network connections used by millions of federal workers. But progress has been slow and experts suggest that technology may be passing the department by.

The WikiLeaks release of more than a quarter-million sensitive diplomatic documents underscores the massive challenges ahead.

Stewart Baker, the former Homeland Security undersecretary for policy, calls the problem a "continuing arms race" and says the department is still way behind.

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