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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Germany plans Internet virus phonecall alerts

German officials are planning to step up the fight against online viruses by phoning Internet users to warn them their computers are infected, an industry summit was told Tuesday.  Germany’s federal computer security agency (BSI) and the German internet business federation ECO said Internet providers already had the technology to know which of their customers were infected.  Germany would set up a national help desk to advise people step by step over the telephone on ridding computers of viruses.

BSI explained the plan at the Information Technology Summit, an annual meeting between industry chiefs and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The survey offered a ranking of 15 nations’ competitiveness in the overall information and communications technology field, awarding the United States the top score.

Even more damning were the judgements of Chinese and US experts asked to say where they had noticed excellence in Germany.

Posted on 12/09