Gates, computer industry want to secure internet

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31 January 2005 , MUNICH - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and leaders of Germany's computer industry launched on Monday a project to protect millions of computer users from internet dangers such as viruses. The number of threats was increasing, Gates said at the launch in the German city of Munich. None of the companies could single-handedly secure the computer infrastructure. "Not even Microsoft," he said, despite the billions of dollars it spends on research and development. Help was needed from governmen

31 January 2005

MUNICH - Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and leaders of Germany's computer industry launched on Monday a project to protect millions of computer users from internet dangers such as viruses.

The number of threats was increasing, Gates said at the launch in the German city of Munich. None of the companies could single-handedly secure the computer infrastructure.
"Not even Microsoft," he said, despite the billions of dollars it spends on research and development. Help was needed from governments and other enterprises. He said the objective was to make the Internet just as reliable as the supply of electric power or water to homes.

Other major participants in the "Germany, Secure in the Network" project include software house SAP and online auction service eBay.

The project aims to educate Germans to be more aware of the security threats and criminal scams on the internet and to build up their confidence in the new technology when used properly.

Public institutions and Germany's main child-protection group are also part of the alliance. Germans have not only been alarmed at the spread of viruses such as Sasser, Bagle and MyDoom, but also by the increase in German-language spam.

In Munich, Gates proposed advances to Internet security such as making more use of smartcards instead of passwords.

German Economics Minister Wolfgang Clement noted that computer security failures cost Germany more working days each year than strikes.

The launch coincided with the publication of an interview in a German news magazine in which he says he will fight against crime on the internet.

"I have set a number of strategic priorities that have to be achieved, like winning battles in an all-out war," he told Der Spiegel.

"In some areas the bad guys have become very clever - and sometimes even more sophisticated than we ever imagined possible," Gates said.

"But we are making enormous progress in eliminating spam and other unwanted and often illegal junk messages," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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