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President Obama invites CEOs to the White House to discuss national cybersecurity

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Obama national security team situation room
Obama national security team situation room

President Obama is to meet with a number of American CEOs today to address the recent cyberattacks on US companies. The meeting will take place behind closed doors in the White House Situation Room, with the President discussing his recently-signed executive order and seeking the CEOs' input on "how the government and private sector can best work together to improve the nation’s cybersecurity." Details of the attendee list will not be made available until after the event.

Today's meeting comes after a spate of high-profile hacks on US companies, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. China has been publicly blamed for the attacks by some US officials, and a security advisor recently issued a warning that it was willing to retaliate in the future if China didn't take "serious steps" to stop the hackers. That warning prompted China to indicate it is willing to cooperate with the US on cybersecurity, saying that "cyberspace needs rules and cooperation, not wars." Today's meeting will take place later this afternoon, and we'll bring you any news that comes from it.