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Eye on Microsoft: Another Call to Ban Zombie PCs from the Internet

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Summary: Links from the news on the issue of security

Opinion: Botnets must die

We already know Microsoft can't fix Windows' security problems. Every month brings yet another Patch Tuesday full of fixes for major vulnerabilities, yet Microsoft never catches up with Windows' security holes. It never will. Windows started out without network security, and every fix since Windows for Workgroups has been one patch on top of another, right through to Windows 7.

We also know education won't do the job. Anyone with a higher-than-room-temperature IQ already has security software and keeps up to date with patches. Let's be kind and assume that 90% of the Windows-using population does this. That leaves, what, about 100 million Windows PCs in the world available for botnet deployment?

Yuck! I don't like those odds!

No, the only solution is for ISPs to start checking Windows PCs in at the Internet gate, and if they don't pass a minimum security check, we don't allow them in. If an ISP doesn't join up with this posse, cut it off from the rest of the Internet. This really is a case where if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.


Dangers of the Microsoft Monoculture

Every once in a while, someone might point out that reporters have to actively avoid mentioning Microsoft Windows when discussing computer problems; but largely – at least ever since Dan Greer lost his job for pointing out the danger of a Microsoft Monoculture - there is virtually no mention that Microsoft products lie at the root of virtually all security and computer-related problems today.


Pink Floyd worm spreads on 'Chinese Facebook'

The techniques applied by the worm are similar to those of the Mikeyy worms that spread rapidly across microblogging site Twitter earlier this year and an Orkut worm in 2008. Orkut isn't popular in the US or Europe, but the Google-owned social networking site is big in Brazil and up and coming in India.


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