Obama Administration Partners With Industry to Fight Botnets
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 01/06/2012 00:45
The U.S. government announced a series of initiatives today in partnership with the private sector to fight botnet activity.
The initiatives, which were announced today at an event at the White House, are the result of a partnership between the Homeland Security and Commerce departments, the White House Cybersecurity Office and a coalition of trade associations and non-profits known as the Industry Botnet Group (IBG).
White House Unveils Initiative to Fight Computer Viruses
Internet-service providers and financial-services companies would share data about networks of infected computers known as botnets under a pilot program announced today by the Obama administration.
The White House also unveiled a voluntary set of principles developed by an industry group to prevent and detect botnets and a consumer-education campaign about the computer viruses.
White House Announces New Efforts To Fight Botnets
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced new efforts to disrupt networks of infected computers that help cyber criminals send spam messages, commit identity theft, steal financial data and siphon intellectual property.
Such networks, known as botnets, are linked together by cybercriminals and grow in size as computer users accidentally click on a malicious link or file. The users' PCs then begin performing automated tasks that contribute to the majority of today's malicious activity on the Internet, experts say.