An Internet standards group has approved an electronic crimes reporting format, which should give security researchers a consistent set of data with which to more accurately categorize and gauge online crime.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) approved a customised version of the XML-based Instant Object Description Exchange Format (IODEF). Extensions have been added to it that are appropriate for creating standard e-crime reports.
The format allows for unambiguous time stamps, support for different languages and a feature to attach samples of malicious code. It solves the problem facing the security industry now of inconsistent reports, which make it harder to spot trends and react quickly.