President Barack Obama and Senator Joe Lieberman
White House wants national and global cooperation to fight botnets

Computer viruses have become a huge problem not only for companies and businesses in the United States, but the government itself. The Obama administration unveiled a new pilot program this week that would require internet service providers and financial services companies to share data about networks of infected computers known as botnets.
These voluntary principles were developed by an industry group to help prevent and detect botnets and would also include a consumer education campaign about computer viruses and the problems viruses and botnets could lead to.
Botnets can be used to send spam or to execute denial of service attacks against various websites that can bring the sites down. Botnets are often created by programs sent out as e-mail attachments that infect computers with hidden software when opened.
“The issue of botnets is larger than any one industry or country,” Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, said in an e-mailed statement. “This is why partnership is so important.”
The voluntary principles unveiled by the White House this week would coordinate across various sectors of industry and the government to discover and fight botnets. The principles were developed by an industry group called Industry Botnet Group that includes the Business Software Alliance and TechAmerica.
The White House and lawmakers in Washington aren't the only people working to fight botnets. Details of a botnet pilot program developed by the financial services Information Sharing and Analysis Center will be provided next month. At this point, there is no indication of what companies are participating in developing the pilot program to be unveiled next month. However, the center works with U.S. Treasury and Homeland Security while boasting more than 4,000 members including some of the top banks and credit card companies in the country.

The President continues to oppose a bill that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives encouraging the government and companies voluntary share information on various cyber security threats. Obama opposes the bill because he feels it doesn't do enough to protect critical systems and could erode the privacy of individual citizens. President Obama instead supports a bill sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman that would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of regulating the nations cyber security for critical systems.

Source: Bloomberg

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