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Group urges more U.S. spending on Net security

Members of White House advisory committee say Internet is "highly vulnerable to premeditated attacks."

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The Internet is "highly vulnerable to premeditated attacks" and more government spending is necessary to confront those vulnerabilities, members of a White House advisory committee said in a report made public on Friday. The President's Information Technology Advisory Committee includes representatives from Microsoft, AT&T, MIT and the University of Washington.

Among the group's other recommendations: Federal spending on "civilian cybersecurity" research should be boosted by $90 million a year, and "new methods for designing and engineering secure systems" should supplant current methods of patching and fixing security bugs.