A US Senator has described the Department of Homeland Security’s newly implemented National Cyber Alert System, which emails advice and warnings about internet security problems, as flawed, with the potential to exacerbate the virus problem.
Senator Charles Schumer said the system, launched by the National Cyber Security Division of the DHS on Wednesday, would likely lead to more viruses and lacks mandatory reporting requirements.
If I were a betting man, I’d put a few dollars down that the next virus that clogs computer networks is going to be transmitted through an email that looks like one of these DHS email alerts, Schumer said.
Schumer’s alternative proposal calls for a system of secure hotlines between the NCSD and ISPs that would be used to quickly locate and disable remotely hijacked ‘bot’ computers used in massive virus attacks.
The senator also suggests that funding for Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, CERT/CC, be increased from its current level of $25m per year.
This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire