The US has proposed the creation of computer security standards that will bind all countries and organisations around the world, with penalties applying to countries that don’t comply.

According to the New York Times, the standards would be a move towards promoting Internet freedon as well as protecting intellectual property and privacy.
The newspaper reports that the State Department, the Pentagon, the Justice Department, the Commerce Department and the Department of Homeland Security would work with their opposite numbers around the world to develop standards aimed at preventing theft of private information and ensuring Internet freedom.
In a fact sheet from the White House, there is also reference to hacking, which the US would treat as it would any other threat to itself.