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EU Wants to Coordinate Fight Against Cyberattacks

Europe has to coordinate its fight against the threat of cyber attacks on key installations such as electricity and water supply, the European Commission said on Monday as it unveiled a plan for a new expert taskforce. The planned European Network and Information Security Agency will employ 30 experts charged with rapidly exchanging information across the 15-nation EU once a risk is detected. “The agency will build on national efforts to enhance network and information security and to increase the ability of member states and EU Institutions to prevent and respond to network and information security problems,” said European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen. Authorities worldwide have woken up to the dangers of serious network failures, such as those caused by computer worm “SQL Slammer” earlier this year. Potential terror strikes are also a source of concern after the September 11 attacks. Full Story

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