[LINK] itNews re the iCode and Botnet Countermeasures
planetjim at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 11:26:03 EST 2012
"[The IIA] is keen to keep the icode voluntary since it's in the best
interests of service providers to comply with the icode," he said.
Is that so? This seems a classic case of a individual cost v shared
benefit problem. If you're a home user infected by a botnet you might
possibly have some problem but it's by no means certain. You computer
might even behave unpredictably! :) But likely the major negative effect
will be on others so it's will tend to be a case of don't know, don't care
for most users. If you were fined 10 cents for every email your pwned
system sent you might think differently.
Same for ISPs. Botnets might add to the overall traffic they have to handle
and but the costs are generally borne by others. And if you run a secured
network you run the risk of driving people to other ISPs.
It seems to me that mandatory lockout of pwned connections would be a
stride in the right direction. People would take notice if were
disconnected until they paid to get the cleaners around to clean their PCs
and secure their router.
If ISP safety could be rated - ie above the current zero everywhere - it
might be possible for ISPs to run more restrictive connection policies
against dirty networks (block the Ukraine?) which could lift the impetus to
keep your own system clean.
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