January 28, 2004

U.S. Government Offers Free Cyber Alerts

Aiming to increase Internet security, the government is now offering Americans free cyber alerts and computer advice from the Homeland
Security Department.

Anyone who signs up with the new National Cyber Alert System will receive e-mails about major virus outbreaks and other Internet attacks as they
occur, along with detailed instructions to help computer users protect themselves.

The program, which begins Wednesday, represents an ambitious effort by the government to develop a trusted warning system that can help home users and
technology experts.

The goal of improving the overall security of the Internet has been frustrated by increasingly complex software that can be difficult to secure and by
hackers learning to launch sophisticated new attacks.

Link: story.news.yahoo.com

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