U.S. Internet service providers should take new steps to protect subscribers against cyberattacks, including notifying customers when their computers are compromised, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called on ISPs to notify subscribers whose computers are infected with malware and tied to a botnet and to develop a code of conduct to combat botnets. Genachowski also called on ISPs to adopt secure routing standards to protect against Internet Protocol hijacking and to implement DNSSEC, a suite of security tools for the Internet’s Domain Name System.If ISPs don’t take these steps, they will risk a backlash from subscribers who have lost trust in online commerce, Genachowski said in a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank.”The cyberthreat is growing,” he said. “If we fail to tackle these challenges, we will pay the price in the form of diminished safety, lost privacy, lost jobs and financial vulnerability — billions of dollars potentially lost to digital criminals.”The problems of botnets, IP hijacking and domain name fraud, and potential solutions, were priorities identified by the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and other participants, Genachowski said. The steps recommended by Genachowski are… Read full this story
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