Anti botnet warfare takes a step forward.

Headlines about worldwide spanning infections or related damage are almost a daily occurrence.

Though individual users are directly involved as a crucial resource leveraged by criminals to achieve their goals, they are often regarded as vague collective entity and individually left to their best efforts in regards to their own and public (possibly worldwide) security/safety.

Times sure are changing…

Some ISPs are starting to take a proactive stance and are going to audit, quarantine and help user acting as vectors of infections.

Will it be also a time when the bottom-line in terms or computer and security related education will be unambiguously defined thus providing a new meaning to common/average?

You see, these botnet victims are involved in criminal activities. To be honest, its best for them to be cut off until the offending computer is cleaned. Otherwise, they are causing damage to the innocent and feeding the criminal.


No offense (I’m Aussie) But don’t expect Australians to be one of the first to pass this LOL. The internet is so slack here.

Indeed compulsory isolation is often used to contain the spread of something considered dangerous.

In regards to public health Quarantine, monitoring, educational campaigns are the norm whereas coordination is carried by means of a stratified infrastructure organized at local, national (CDC) and international (WHO) levels, with undeniable involvement of national governments.

Personal health is not unregulated especially in scenario where it could affect public safety.

Though informatics threats might not be life-threatening they are undeniably dangerous.

IMO the lack of a correspondent mock-up infrastructure and regulations is appalling. :-\

I doubt anyone would stand with the idea of epidemic outbreaks because personal health would be left to individual efforts whereas coordinated efforts are likely to provide advantages for the community at least in terms of severity/magnitude reduction.

It might be so as such approaches would cost an hefty price.

On the other hand the necessity of a paradigm shift is starting to be acknowledged and it would take time for it to possibly spread regardless of the first country to actually apply it on a national level.

[abbr=Internet Business Reserch Services]IBRS[/abbr] analyst James Turner from an Australian company that provides research and advice specific to IT and Business Managers provided a layman example leveraging on existing approaches applied to other tools whose conditions can have nefarious consequences for individuals and the community.

The Government make laws and regulations about what you can drive on the roads. If you're in New South Wales, after your car gets over five years old ... you've got to take it over to the pits every year. A form of quality control for computers that are on the internet seems perfectly reasonable to me

PC are not a niche tool anymore and their pervasive status and effects on the community might not be neglected for long. :-La

Whereas rogue drivers are considered detrimental for the community I got the impression that similar computer users are often otherwise defined and considered.

Anyone can buy a PC and use it neglecting bare minimum related education. Though it is unheard of anybody legitimately driving a car on a public road without attaining a driving license (or legitimately carrying detrimental behaviors despite owning a license)