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Leading service providers and organizations worldwide today demonstrated a unified commitment to share detailed net...


March 29, 2005  


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Leading service providers and organizations worldwide today demonstrated a unified commitment to share detailed network attack profiles through a Fingerprint Sharing Alliance, announced separately today by Arbor Networks.

The Fingerprint Sharing Alliance marks the first time companies are able to share detailed attack information in real-time and block attacks closer to the source.

"This global alliance marks a significant step forward in the fight against Internet attacks and major infrastructure threats that cross network boundaries, continents and oceans.

Lost revenue and repair costs from attacks on networked services and disruptions in 2005 are expected to exceed US$17.5 billion, up from US$13.2 billion in 2003, according to Computer Economics, Inc.

Supporting the Fingerprint Sharing Alliance is a wide range of network operators and providers from around the globe including Asia Netcom, British Telecom, Broadwing, Cisco, EarthLink, Internet2 and MCI.

“The alliance provides both automation and flexibility in communicating attack information and profiles with upstream providers,” said Wilfred Kwan, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Asia Netcom, a subsidiary of China Netcom.