Agreement to Reduce Internet Botnets Launched

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — More than one in ten U.S. computers are infected by difficult-to-detect “bots” or “zombies,” which “botmasters” can use for anything from sending spam, to eavesdropping on network traffic, to stealing user passwords.

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) joined a unanimous vote at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) meeting today, approving the voluntary U.S. Anti-Bot Code of Conduct for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), also known as the ABCs for ISPs. As a member of the CSRIC appointed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the OTA has been working with the FCC and leading ISPs to develop this voluntary Code. Under the Chairman’s leadership, this example of private and public sector collaboration is an important step forward to help protect our nation’s critical infrastructure and consumer data.

“Today is an example of the importance of self-regulatory efforts to help improve the safety and performance of the internet,” said Craig Spiezle, executive director and president, Online Trust Alliance. “Sustainable solutions to contain bots must include all stakeholders in efforts to detect, prevent, and remediate these threats.”

About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) https://otalliance.org
OTA’s mission is to develop and advocate best practices, public policy and self-regulation to mitigate emerging privacy, identity and security threats to online services, brands, government, organizations and consumers.  By enhancing online trust and confidence, we can realize the potential of the internet; promote innovation; and further the vitality of commerce.

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