WASHINGTON (dpa) – US President Barack Obama Tuesday called for Congress to pass a law to bolster cyber security that would promote sharing of information about breaches between the government and companies.
Obama’s proposal would criminalise the overseas sale of stolen credit cards and bank account numbers and expand law en-forcement’s ability to prosecute hackers by going after those who sell so-called botnets that are used to send spam and conduct denial of service attacks. It would also give lawmakers and courts power to deter the sale of spyware and to shut down botnets.
The issue has received fresh attention in the wake of the hacking of Sony Pictures En-tertainment that the FBI has blamed on North Korea and several data breaches of customer information at major US retailers in recent months. “With the Sony attacks that took place, with the Twitter account that was hacked by extremist sympathisers yesterday, it just goes to show how much work we need to do both public and private sectors to strengthen our cyber security, to make sure that families’ bank accounts are safe, to make sure that our public infrastructure is safe,” Obama told con-gressional leaders.