06.08.10

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Australia Sets a Good Example for Handling of Microsoft Windows Botnets

Posted in Australia, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 3:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Fighting against Windows botnets (zombie PCs) with throttling, isolation, and suspension — a glimpse at the future of the Internet?

LAST year we showed that Australian laws may force Windows XP (and any other severely vulnerable and unpatched operating systems) off the Web. Australians might take such a plan a step further:

Zombie PCs to be throttled, isolated under new ISP code

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“Actions that ISPs can take when they become aware of a compromised computer include… apply an ‘abuse’ plan where the customer’s internet service is speed throttled,” the code recommends.

“Temporarily quarantining the customer’s service, for example by holding them within a ‘walled garden’ with links to relevant resources that will assist them until they are able to restore the security of their machine.”

This could marginalise almost half of all Windows users.

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