Cybersecurity Officials Examine Australian Remedyt

Private, corporate and government computers across the United States are increasingly being taken over by computer criminals. In response, the U.S. government is meeting with industry leaders and experts looking for ways to increase online safety while balancing the need to guard Americans’ privacy and civil liberties.

White House cyber coordinator Howard Schmidt tells the Associated Press that he is looking at provisions of an Australian plan that is scheduled to go into effect in that country in December.

It allows customers to get alerts from their Internet service providers if their computers have been taken over by a botnet – a network of infected computers controlled by hackers. Many times, individuals are not aware that their computers have been hacked by a botnet.

He is aware that any move seen as increased government regulation or monitoring of individual computers could trigger a firestorm of opposition from the American public, Schmidt says.

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