The White House has outlined a plan in response to the recent DDoS attacks on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. The statement President Obama gave called on Congress to "work together to defend the nation's systems" from these cyberattacks. Although the plan is for securing all of cyberspace, one part specifically mentioned DDoS attacks. The passage named "Modernizing Law Enforcement Authorities to Combat Cyber Crime" would: ✓ "Allow for the prosecution of the sale of botnets." ✓ "Criminalize the overseas sale of stolen U.S. financial information like credit card and bank account numbers." ✓ "Expand federal law enforcement authority to deter the sale of spyware used to stalk or commit ID theft." ✓ "Would give courts the authority to shut down botnets engaged in distributed denial of service attacks and other criminal activity." Although DDoS attacks and other attacks like it are incredible difficult to track and this plan would likely not get rid of all cyber attacks of this nature, the hope is that attacks like this would become increasingly rare. This is just a proposal, and even if it becomes law federal agencies still need to figure out how to actually stop a DDoS attack from happening. However, the fact that the White House is even speaking about this shows that it is a legitimate concern. I'm glad that these guys are going to get taken down. You would not believe how infuriated I was that I couldn't game over Christmas, unless of course you couldn't game either!