ZDNet UK/MSNBC: Another massive Net attack looming?
Aug 14, 2000, 16:26 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Six months after devastating attacks took down the Web's
biggest sites, MSNBC has learned of new evidence that indicates it
could easily happen again: a security researcher has found 125,000
networks with the same flaw that allowed the attacks."
"In addition, MSNBC has learned that the White House,
insurance companies and the security industry are considering
quasi-government regulation to try to compel Internet firms to take
basic security steps."
"Top-level White House officials have been meeting with
representatives of the insurance and security industries in an
attempt to work out an agreement, according to Alan Paller,
director of the SANS Institute, a non-profit computer security
organisation. Details of the plan are still under discussion, but
Paller said it would mirror the strategy the federal government has
used with other developing industries, such as electricity."