The cyberattack that took control of the U.S. Central Command's social media accounts is a combination of vandalism and cyberterrorism, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson told CNBC on Tuesday.
"This is serious. Even though the hacking didn't go into national security, didn't go into security breaches, classified information, the fact that it's happening so extensively and vastly means that we have to get a cybersecurity policy in place," he said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "We need to get our allies dramatically involved. We need to get some of the Arab states to cooperate, too, because this is getting out of hand."
On Monday, hackers accessed CentCom's Twitter account and YouTube pages and posted messages, images, and videos that supported the Islamic State. CentCom is responsible for U.S. security interests in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.
A national policy on cybersecurity must involve the private sector, with companies such Google and Apple working with the government, Richardson said. Lawmakers must also pass legislation that provides some kind of methodology that allows the public and private sector to work in such a way that corporate information remains protected.
"That's not happening. There's too much of a breach of too many differences," he said.
The Democratic former governor of New Mexico also said he thinks the world could be on the cusp of seeing more attacks similar to the shooting at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and subsequent hostage taking last week that left 17 victims dead.