U.S. Studying Australian Internet Security Plan: Report
U.S. officials are reviewing a number of plans to help improve Internet security, including a plan by Australian authorities to limit Internet access for infected computers.The U.S. government is reviewing plans by Australia to allow Internet service providers to keep compromised computers off the Internet and alert customers if their computers are hijacked by attackers, according to media reports. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt reportedly told the Associated Press that the United States is studying a number of ways to help both businesses and the public protect themselves online. According to the AP, that includes the Australian plan, though U.S. officials are hesitant to advocate the part of the plan that allows ISPs to quarantine users who do not clean their infected machines.
"Without security you have no privacy," Schmidt was quoted as saying. "And many of us that care deeply about our privacy look to make sure our systems are secure."