Report: Feds could extend Web monitoring program to private sphere

The federal government's renewed focus on cybersecurity matters arrives weeks after two high-profile attacks struck a slew of U.S. businesses, including Google. Both have worried some congressional lawmakers and industry experts, who fret the federal government's lack of substantive, overarching cybersecurity plan.

To an extent, the White House has tried to combat that impression, even releasing key excerpts from a heretofore classified cybersecurity review, commissioned by former President George W. Bush in 2008. However, the report seems to have instead revealed the great lengths the United States must still travel to protect its Web infrastructure.

Schaffer's comment to CNET this week underscores one option: deploying federal technology to the private sphere.

But it is unclear how Internet service providers or private companies might react to any extension of the Einstein cyberattack program, much less whether consumers would appreciate a warning system directly linked to the NSA -- long harangued by public criticism over its Bush-era wiretapping programs.