WASHINGTON — The threat of cyberattack is an increasingly hot topic in Washington, but political interest alone appears unlikely to provide enough momentum to get cybersecurity legislation supported by banks passed this year.

The issue continues to gain widespread attention in the wake of numerous attacks on banks and other companies in recent years, with some, including former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, warning about the prospect of a future "cyber-Pearl Harbor" that could cause widespread damage to financial networks, the power grid or other key sites.

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