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14. Skim the article. Which of the statements below summarizes the article?

  1. The FBI is selling a computer program to businesses to help stop computer crime.
  2. The FBI is giving away a computer program that it has made.
  3. The FBI has just bought a computer program to sell to companies to help stop Internet crime.
  4. The FBI is giving away a computer program that has been created by a computer company.
  5. The FBI has created a computer program to give away to companies to help stop Internet crime.
  6. The FBI has created a computer program that companies can use to find criminals.

 

15. Now read through the article again. At the end of the article there is a glossary that is associated with computers. Look at the definitions only if you need to.

FBI Teams Up with Business to Fight Cyber Crime By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON January 5 (Reuters) – The FBI announced on Friday the completion of a program that seeks to combat cyber crime by encouraging companies to share information about Internet attacks they have experienced. Participating companies and the FBI would use encrypted e-mail and a secure Web site to warn each other about new hacking ' attempts, computer viruses and other Internet-based criminal activity. By encouraging communication among high-tech companies, the FBI hopes to reduce me impact of Internet crime, which according to one estimate takes a $1.6 trillion bite annually out of the global economy. The FBI is currently investigating 1,200 cyber crime cases, up from 450 in early 1998, said Michael Vatis, head of the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center. Attorney General Janet Reno said high-tech businesses and the FBI must cooperate to fight cyber crime, and that the InfraGard program was an important step. "This will assist individual companies in providing a stronger, better-informed first line of defense against computer attacks," Reno said. InfraGard started as a pilot project in Cleveland in 1996. Since then it has been expanded to all 56 regional FBI offices and has attracted the participation of 500 companies. Representatives of academic computer centers and high-tech firms such as IBM sit on the board. Participation in the program is free, Vatis said, but companies must undergo a criminal background check before they are admitted. Participating companies can remain anonymous if they desire, and are not required to share confidential information. "That is the key to all of this, that companies can share only as much information as they want," Vatis said. In addition to using the national online communication system, InfraGard companies can organize local activities such as seminars and workshops to better educate themselves about Internet security. Vatis said the InfraGard system was used last fall to alert companies to me existence of "zombies", or hostile computer programs, on their servers. Zombies are used to launch denial-of-service attacks such as the one that swamped Yahoo! and other Web sites with massive amounts of data last February.   Article ©2001 Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2001 www.english-to-go.com  



 


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