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The first Advanced Center for the Defense of Cyberspace (ACDC) for Europe also bears the signature of Telecom Italia. 

Together with 28 other partners from 14 European countries, Telecom Italia has participated in the launch of an ambitious project for computer security, with the aim of creating the first Advanced Center for the Defense of Cyberspace (Advanced Cyber ​​Defence Center), ACDC, where the excellence of the different countries can meet and collaborate to study new strategies of defense and prepare for the risks of tomorrow.

The biggest threat to face? Botnets

What is a botnet? A botnet is a network of robot (robot-net, from which the term botnet derives), i.e. computing devices that once infected with malware, pass under the control of a central entity called central command and control.

Hackers use these devices to achieve distributed cyber attacks (DDoS), spread viruses and malware, steal personal information, send spam, etc..

To date it is estimated that one in every five computers is infected with malware and is used by cybercriminals to infect other computers in order to gain control and engage in illegal acts.

The Advanced Cyber ​​Defence Center, and the power of sharing

The ACDC project officially started on February 1, 2013, offering a full range of services for greater information security, ranging from recognition systems to malware prevention measures against attacks.

The project partners are telecommunications operators, software companies, scientific institutions, law enforcement and administrative bodies, as well as banks and certification authorities, which combine their strengths and skills not only to effectively combat current threats, but also to create a common heritage of useful information, which are essential for preventing future crises.

At the center of the EU Pilot project is the Clearing House, which receives the information provided by partners on various security-related events detected on their networks, such as spam campaigns or DDoS attacks.

The flagship of the EU Strategy

ACDC is an important element of  the European Union information security strategy, for its international character, based on the concept of knowledge sharing.

At the press conference for the launch, EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes stated: "We must protect our networks and our systems and improve resistance to attacks. To achieve this we have to make sure that we all engage in the fight against botnets andmalware. Cyber threats are not limited by national borders, nor should be the security measures".

The head of the European Commission DG-Connect, Giuseppe Abbamonte, added: "ACDC is the first initiative launched in the context of the EU strategy on computer security. This project will enhance the security of our networks and systems against botnets and malware. "

Not only stakeholders: ACDC will appeal to every European citizen

All citizens of this new cyber-country without borders, i.e. all those who surf the Internet daily, are considered among the preferred recipients of the project like the phone providers, banks, suppliers of security solutions or other large organizations .

The ACDC project plans to offer a special dedicated support center, connected to the various national centers, localized in different European languages​​.

It is through these national centers that victims of cyber crime can be updated on the status of the accidents that they are involved and receive all the help necessary to remove malware from their systems.