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Ottawa aiming to thwart cyber-terrorists

Plans to go beyond fixing problems to analyzing threats. Stepping up its war against on-line terrorism, the federal government is launching an effort to anticipate and stop cyber-attacks before they happen. In addition to having agents scour the Internet to get the latest buzz from hacker chat groups, a key tool available to Ottawa could be so-called honey pots — special decoy computer systems placed on the Net that are designed to be easily penetrated and gather detailed information about attacks, including the techniques perpetrators use. “We’ve been really good at fixing problems, but we now want to build on that experience to work with Canada’s allies, federal government departments and private sector organizations in being able to analyze the types of threats and attacks we need to prepare for,” Tim Larson, spokesman for the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), an arm of the Department of National Defence, explained at a recent symposium in Ottawa. Full Story

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