[LINK] The net according to Cerf (at Davos)

Eric Scheid eric.scheid at ironclad.net.au
Sat Jan 27 13:09:25 AEDT 2007

On 27/1/07 12:12 PM, "Howard Lowndes" <lannet at lannet.com.au> wrote:

>>   Ban all Windows boxes on the Internet.
>> Since 25% of the (zombie) boxes on the Internet are causing 80%+
>> of the spam (as reported by ABC-RN interview with Chris Leug a while
>> back) and these same computers are used to distribute child porn,
>> phishing scams and launch DDos attacks, the Internet would become
>> a much safer and user-friendly place sans Windows.
>> It is really that simple.
>> Of course, economics and market forces would prevent such a
>> technological crusade from ever taking hold, now wouldn't they?
> Not only that, but inter-jurisdictional priorities will ensure that it
> doesn't happen.

Alternatively, those with a mandate and a monopoly (eg. govt) could require
client certificates for accessing their websites, at least the transactional
areas (eg. lodging tax returns). Not a solution so far, but victory in chess
comes one move at a time... then extend the need for certs to all general
browsing of these sites, and then require PCs to be subjected to some kind
of virus/zombie check before a cert will be issued.

Probably lots of things really wrong with that plan, considering I gave it
all of 10 seconds thought.


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