Cybersecurity continues to be a concern in Washington, and as The Hill‘s Brendan Sasso reports, the Obama administration is launching a new offensive:
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a series of steps aimed at combatting botnets — networks of computers that hackers take over and use to spread spam or attack websites.
Botnets have become a favorite weapon of hacker groups such as Anonymous that use them to overwhelm the servers of government and industry websites.
After discussions with government agencies, an industry working group outlined a set of voluntary principles for companies to reduce the impact of botnets, while a financial industry group announced a pilot project for sharing information about the attacks.
As part of the efforts, government agencies and private companies are also launching an education campaign with the catchy name “Keep a Clean Machine.”