June 15, 2006 12:30 PM PDT
Online threats outpacing law crackdowns
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Law enforcement alone cannot solve the phishing and botnet problems, Rusch and Whitmore said. The technology industry and consumers have key parts to play, they said.
"Part of the problem is the way we design the online environment for users," Rusch said. It should be easier for people to see whether a site can be trusted or not, he said. Some of that is happening today with increased security coming in new Web browsers, for example.
A stronger effort to take down phishing Web sites is also welcome, he said. The average phishing Web site was up for five days in April, and that's too long, Rusch said.
In fighting bots, Whitmore sees benefits in Internet service providers delivering security software to their users. "The long-term benefit of ISPs becoming more involved would be an overall reduction of malicious code on the Internet, and most of us believe that's a good thing," she said.
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