Senate: Firms must protect against malicious ads

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate report says new rules may be needed unless leading Internet companies better protect consumers from hackers.

Executives from Google and Yahoo are on Capitol Hill on Thursday testifying before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations about the growing threats from Web advertisements.

The Senate's investigation said hackers in some cases are infecting computers using software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements. It said technology companies must do a better job protecting computer users on their own, or face new federal regulations.