FCC chief warns of cyber crimes

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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission called Wednesday for the private sector to help secure U.S. Internet infrastructure from criminals, hackers and terrorists.

Julius Genachowski urged Internet service providers and other stakeholders in the $8 trillion-a-year global e-commerce industry to embrace three initiatives championed by his agency to combat online fraud and other forms of cyber-crime and hacking.

“The cyber threat is growing,” Mr. Genachowski warned an audience at the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank in Washington.

The initiatives address what Mr. Genakowski called “three significant cyber threats”:

• Botnets — huge networks of infected computers that hackers used to launch cyber-attacks.

• Domain name hacking — in which criminals or spies infiltrate the servers that route Internet traffic to websites and then redirect that traffic to fraudulent websites.

• BGP hijacking — in which hackers redirect huge volumes of Internet traffic by interfering with the system that routes it around the Web.

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