EUROPEAN ORGANISATIONS could benefit from a 24 hour hotline for reporting denial of service and security attacks following the serious outages at Wikileaks.
European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom described the attacks on the Wikileaks website as 'scary' and suggested that they should be the catalyst for regulatory change. This change, she added, will start with speeding up proposals for a 24 hour alert attack hotline.
Malmstrom was speaking at a press conference yesterday when she was drawn to comment further on a personal blog she had written. According to a report on the EUobserver website, the commissioner gave the Wikileaks attack as an argument for the need for new cybercrime laws, and suggested that such actions are only the tip of the cyber attack iceberg.
Writing on her blog the commissioner said, "It does highlight a question I tried to emphasize: that cyber attacks are a growing phenomenon and that we need to equip in order to be prepared to meet them."
Getting equipped, according to the minister, will involve pushing through the European Commsissions cyber security plans, which include improvements to the way that attacks are reported.
Documents released by the Commission on the 22 November, show that the body wants to see a system where attack information (pdf) is shared between organisations and member states by 2013.
The report explained that, "no single member state is able to respond to these threats on its own" and added that an EU cyber crime centre will become the focal point in the fight against hackers.
The INQUIRER has had to translate Malmstrom's blogpost, but although some of the text might be confusing, the message does come through.
"We have seen how countries like Estonia and Lithuania have been subjected to such attacks", the Commissioner explained. "This time it was exposed Wikileaks. Next time, the objective being the Swedish stock exchange, a nuclear plant or a sensitive patient records at a hospital."
Malmstrom was asked to comment on this during a press event, according to EUobserver, and added that any plans the EU has to boost security should be hastened. "I note that the commission has proposed to criminalise botnets, the viruses and malignous software which were apparently used to attack WikiLeaks," she said.
"The European Commission has no means to protect people from that, but we propose a centre for cybercrime to bolster expertise sharing among member states," she added. "This sort of criminality is growing at a scary speed, we have to develop tools and cooperate much better to address this." µ
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