Sluggish moves to counter the rising threat of cyber-attacks can be blamed on a generation of policymakers out of touch with rapid technological change, a senior U.S. official said Monday. "The truth is there are a lot of senior officials in many countries who barely even know how to use an e-mail," Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. acting under-secretary for arms control and international security, said during a visit to Estonia.

"The change will come with the new generation," she told the audience at a lecture delivered at the Estonian IT College, in the Baltic state's capital Tallinn. Gottemoeller said governments should consider incorporating open-source IT and social networking into arms control verification and monitoring.

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