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U.s. Hails Progress With Russia on Cybersecurity

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Howard Schmidt

Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President Howard Schmidt

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The United States and Russia are collaborating to lower the chances of a cybersecurity incident that could potentially harm relations between the two nations, according to White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt.

He says the U.S. and Russian officials recently agreed to share technical information on problems such as botnets and deploy crisis prevention communications links by year's end.

Computer security experts are concerned about the negative aspects of Russia's strength in computer science, such as hackers crafting and selling malware designed to steal money from online bank accounts, and the country's lack of straightforwardness in cooperating on cross-border cybercrime probes.

However, Kaspsersky Lab researcher Roel Schouwenberg says that recent developments in Russia have been encouraging. Nevertheless, Russia has yet to sign the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime, an international pact that promotes harmonized computer crime legislation across different nations and continuous contact points for law enforcement.

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