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Microsoft: Keep internet healthy by isolating infected PCs
"Botnets, which are networks of millions of compromised computers, are increasingly popular among cybercriminals as a means for distributing spam or launching attacks against specific targets. In May, VeriSign said that its online investigation found botnets for rent for as little as £6 an hour, meaning that less-skilled criminals are able to use them for attacks.
A collective global approach to cybersecurity should help make up for failings in individual defensive measures, according to Charney. "Commonly available cyber-defences such as firewalls, antivirus and automatic updates for security patches can reduce risk, but they're not enough," he said. "Despite our best efforts, many consumer computers are host to malware or are part of a botnet."
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Driver’s Licenses for the Internet?
"What Mundie is proposing is to impose authentication. He draws an analogy to automobile use. If you want to drive a car, you have to have a license (not to mention an inspection, insurance, etc.). If you do something bad with that car, like break a law, there is the chance that you will lose your license and be prevented from driving in the future. In other words, there is a legal and social process for imposing discipline. Mundie imagines three tiers of Internet I.D.: one for people, one for machines and one for programs (which often act as proxies for the other two)."