Security Expert: Time for Internet Passports

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2009 3:08 PM CDT
Security Expert: Time for Internet Passports
The world needs Internet passports, argues one tech expert.   (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop, file)

The Internet has a big problem, argues one of the big names in online security—anonymity. With that weapon, cybercriminals will always have the advantage. And the best solution is to introduce "Internet passports," Russia's Eugene Kaspersky tells ZDNet in an interview. All countries would have to play along and buy into international standards. "And if some countries don't agree with or don't pay attention to the agreement, just cut them off."

The CEO of Kaspersky Lab doesn't have much hope for his idea, though, at least in the near future. "Governments understand that the problem is a very important one to tackle, but they behave in a national way. The minds of law enforcement are still focused on national borders, but the Internet does not have borders. It's a new world in which we have to think differently. That's why I always talk about the need for not just cyberpolice, but Internet police—Internet Interpol." (Read more Eugene Kaspersky stories.)

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