Clinton tells agencies to deny denial-of-service attacks

Clinton tells agencies to deny denial-of-service attacks

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

MARCH 6'President Clinton has told agencies to step up efforts to keep their systems from being hijacked for use in service-denial attacks against commercial and government Web sites.

The president said last Friday that White House chief of staff John Podesta will coordinate a review of agency vulnerabilities and report back by April 1.

"Within legal and administrative limits, attention should also be paid to contractors providing services," Clinton said.

"These Internet disruptions highlight how important computer networks have become in our daily lives, and how vulnerabilities can create risks for all'including the federal government," Clinton said in the statement, posted on the Web at www.whitehouse.gov/library/PressReleases.cgi?date=3&briefing=3.

The FBI, which is investigating the service-denial attacks, had its own site shut down last month [see GCN story at gcn.com/vol19_no5/news/1456-1.html].

The Federal Computer Incident Response Center, at www.fedcirc.gov, and the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, at www.nipc.gov, have software tools to help agencies with their efforts, he said.

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