Obama to target botnets and spyware as part of cybercrime agenda



President Obama, who this week announced plans to better protect American consumers and businesses from privacy breaches, will also propose new laws to go after those who use computer networks to commit crimes.

The details are to be announced Tuesday afternoon at a cybersecurity event in Virginia, but a White House fact sheet shown to Politico refers specifically to the overseas sale of spyware, and to cracking down on botnets:

The law enforcement proposal will contain provisions broadening prosecutors’ powers against cyber crime, for example by criminalizing the overseas sale of stolen U.S. financial information. It would also allow for the prosecution of the sale or rent of botnets, and would allow courts to shut down botnets engaged in criminal activity such as distributed denial of service attacks.

The recent White House focus on computer crime and privacy coincides with a spate of high-profile hacking episodes, targeting companies like Sony and Microsoft, that have increased public awareness of cybersecurity…

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