US unveils anti-hacker plan
Washington - American businesses facing a growing threat of cyber attacks against their websites now will have more tools to protect themselves and harden their internet sites against hackers.
A new Homeland Security Department programme will help small companies and non-profit groups avoid programming problems that allow hackers to get into their websites.
The US government's latest cyber security effort comes after a series of high-profile hacking attacks against corporate and federal websites, including one that shut down the CIA's site for several hours this month.
The new programme was developed with the Mitre Corp and is an effort to shore up known weaknesses in programming that give hackers a backdoor into websites. The effort began well before the recent website attacks.