Skip to comments.Sick PCs should be banned from the net says Microsoft
Posted on 10/06/2010 12:08:46 PM PDT by Nachum
Virus-infected computers that pose a risk to other PCs should be blocked from the net, a senior researcher at software giant Microsoft suggests. The proposal is based on lessons from public health, said Scott Charney of the firm's Trustworthy Computing team. It is designed to tackle botnets - networks of infected computers under the control of cybercriminals. Putting machines in temporary quarantine would stop the spread of a virus and allow it to be cleaned.
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Well, as MS is the primary target of virus’, trojans, malware, etc etc etc thanks to their security holes, and an inability to identify many such problems in a timely basis, do they really think Mom, Pop, and little Kenny and Jenny are going to brand new identify virus’ on their machines?
We let anyone with aids into the US and when they are here they are free to roam.
“Sick” PCs could also be defined as those spreading the “wrong” opinions.
This is the one of the reasons why I have for buying a Mac, CONCERN about computer viruses.
“What an altrustic act on the part of Microsoft, since essentially all infected computers are running their operating systems.”
Since MS has 92% of the desktop market its pretty likely your statement would be true. Trend micro stated there are a 100,000 new pieces of malware released every 2 days.
As the recent adobe issues revealed all OS’s are vulnerable.
The quarantine model was abandoned when a certain preferred social group became the main carriers of a certain deadly disease in the 1980s.
Sounds reasonable. Don’t ISP’s do that already?
A straight-forward admission that they don’t know how to fix the problem, isn’t it?
“As the recent adobe issues revealed all OSs are vulnerable.”
Yes, but some are more vulnerable than others.
Arbitrary code execution is arbitrary code execution.
“A straight-forward admission that they dont know how to fix the problem, isnt it?”
100,000 new malware signatures every two days. Does anyone know how to solve that problem? Especially since much of it is coming out of Russia and China.
The core of the problem is the “computer in every home” business model. A very large percentage of the public lack the skills/common sense to be responsible for maintaining a computer system. I wouldn’t be surprised to see online access moving towards delivery via IPTV systems in the future. Which brings up the analogy:
When people who don’t understand what the “Input” button on their television is for are put in charge of maintaining a computer, is it any wonder so many computers are infected?
But every sick computer could be cured just by upgrading to the latest Microsoft operating system, couldn’t it? That, plus a $500 or so in hardware upgrades from which Microsoft gets a license fee. Don’t you think that’s reasonable? < / sarcasm >
Microsoft itself has circulated infected signoff materials (.DOC files with prank macros) to companies. Microsoft itself is guilty of spreading viruses.
Microsoft itself requires users to either "download" the patches directly to affected machines or wait for a CD with the patches to be mailed.
Why can't users just download ALL of the files to one system and then transfer them?
ISPs will remove your connect until you fix your problem. I think the current trend is to bypass the ISP and give govt some kind of control.
I’ve seen many companies that fail miserably at any kind of patch or update process. They just won’t spend any time or money on fixing their problems.