Microsoft security chief voices support

Microsoft "broadly supports" the call for a review of legislation on denial of service attacks, according to Stuart Okin, the...

Microsoft "broadly supports" the call for a review of legislation on denial of service attacks, according to Stuart Okin, the software giant's chief security officer in the UK.

Okin explained, "We broadly support the call from Eurim and the UK's National High-Tech Crime Unit for a review of UK legislation as it refers to denial of service attacks."

However, he warned that the UK may need to review its Computer Misuse Act in conjunction with other international cybercrime legislation. "It is important to note that these attacks do not usually take place within national borders," he said.

Okin also feels that suppliers and users should be consulted on any new legislation concerning denial of service attacks.

"Any legislation and any law, whether it is applied by the UK, Europe, or internationally, should involve

both the public and private sectors as well as users," he said. Forums such as the recently launched Security Alliance for Internet and New Technologies (Saint) could help achieve this, he added.

The Saint initiative, which is led by the Computing Services and Software Association, is an IT industry alliance that aims to share information and knowledge on the threat of cybercrime among its members and the industry.

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