kapow - 6:31 pm on Mar 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Rather like the British government using investigatory powers it took to "fight terrorism" to gather evidence in cases of failure of clear up after dogs?
Exactly! Power is too big a drug to be trusted to the powerful (think Smeagol).
I really like the idea of remote isolation of infected machines. But such power should only be in the hands of those who cannot gain from it (not corporates, not governments...).
How about voluntary signup to an open non-profit 'Keep my computer safe' system? On detection of high volume spam or DDOS activity: "This computer is infected and is not allowed on the internet until safe. You may access any of the following neutral cleaning tools in the meantime"
Now I start to think about it. It is probably critical that an open neutral org does this BEFORE governments say they 'have to'. You just know what governments would say its for and then what they would later use it for. I would pay a few pounds to support such an open neutral org, and I bet a few million others would too.