Net attack scares U.S. leaders

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Net attack scares U.S. leaders

According to a reporter from MSNBC, that network has evidence proving top level U.S. government and industry leaders expect another large-scale and effective “smurf” attack on the Web. Furthermore, MSNBC says the White House is working with insurance and Internet security leaders to create incentives that would compel Web firms to bolster security measures.

According to the story, the group is using quasi-governmental regulatory measures to implement the sort of strategies that many countries currently use to encourage security preparations in critical industries such as communications and electrical power. The plan is to deny Web sites access to government computers if they do not have insurance, which they cannot get without meeting certain security standards. Reportedly, the unofficial group will publish its proposals this summer to create a new non-profit agency that would disseminate security information and minimum standards guidelines.

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