Monday, October 18, 2010

Australia will start program where ISP's notify, cut off users with infected PC's; US studying plan

Lolita C. Baldor has an Associated Press story Monday Oct. 17, “U.S. Studying Australian Internet Security Program”, link here. In Australia, starting in December 2010, ISP’s will notify users whose computers are infected (particularly when taken over by botnets) and may disconnect them until fixed.

Microsoft has been urging such a measure worldwide. The Obama Administration is looking at the program for the US, but there is a general impression that in the US ISPO’s won’t be encouraged to cut off consumers immediately. But Comcast will soon start a pilot program in December of alerting infected consumers. Probably security companies will offer for-fee services to clean up computers and bring them to ISP standards.

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