Clinton, Panetta in SF to Discuss Cyber War

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 9:53 AM PDT
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Australian dignitaries in San Francisco tonight. It comes as the push continues for the release of two U.S. hikers from Iran. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd reports.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Australian dignitaries in San Francisco tonight. It comes as the push continues for the release of two U.S. hikers from Iran. NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd reports.

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Just how serious is the threat of a cyber attack against the U.S.? Serious enough to bring U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to the Bay Area to revisit a 60-year-old treaty.

Clinton and Panetta will meet with the Australian defense and foreign ministers, Kevin Rudd and Stephen Smith, Thursday night in San Francisco to add cyber attacks to the ANZUS treaty, signed by the two countries in San Francisco on Sept. 1, 1961.

The agreement covers when the two countries will work to defend each other.

The American diplomats will dine with their Australian counterparts in San Francisco's Presidio complex, where they will discuss the new terms.

Clinton and Panetta arrived in the Bay Area on Wednesday to also discuss a base-sharing agreement between the two countries and a possible plan to let American soldiers train down under.

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