Japan has national botnet warriors; why don't we?

Japan has national botnet warriors; why don't we?
Japan has national botnet warriors; why don't we? 

By Matthew Lasar
Ars Technica
Oct 20, 2010

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month here in the United States, 
which is a good thing, because we come down with more PC botnet 
infections than any other country in the world. Microsoft reports 2.2 
million US PCs hijacked for cybercrime or distributed denial of service 
(DDOS) attacks on websites in the first half of this year.

And in late September, police in the greater New York area busted over 
60 members of a botnet ring whose plan was to deploy the Zeus Trojan to 
clean out banks.

Botnets "are the launch pad for much of today's criminal activity on the 
Internet," Microsoft security expert Adrienne Hall warned last week. "In 
many ways, they are the perfect base of operations for computer 

So what's the government doing about botnets? The Federal Communications 
Commission is running a proceeding to identify the five most critical 
cybersecurity threats to the communications infrastructure and come up 
with solutions. And various bills are floating around Capitol Hill that 
would unify the nation's already hyperbalkanized cybersecurity 
apparatus, so Uncle Sam can think with one brain about the problem 
(Senator Lieberman's here; Senator Rockefeller's here).

These measures ought to bear fruit in the next geological era or two. 
But in the meantime, how about we do what Japan did and set up a 
national botnet fighter?


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