Webwork - 4:12 pm on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hot off the presses.
AT&T Reluctant to Respond to F.C.C.'s Request for ISPs to Play More Active Role in Policing Zombie PCs / Botnets Operating on the ISP's Network. [cio.com.au ]
So, what now? What IF people start forwarding Botnet info to agencies that collect this info FOR THE PURPOSE OF proving that the ISP's are PART of the PROBLEM . . handing off the data to the Class Action Lawyers . . who can represent all the websites that are being affected/hurt/takedown whilsts AT&T et. al. watch?
Follow the money: ISPs make more money allowing their client's PCs to run infected than they would otherwise by sending out notices, disconnecting homes, etc. Better to let Bob and Betty run their infected circa 2001 PC and collect their monthly fee (Hey, we've got the network capacity to allow for thousands of fee paying Bob and Bettys!).
I sort of get the problem and why it persists. Botnets, to ISPs, are just a small cost of doing business. No one wants to step up, be the first to intervene. They might lose that lovely monthly rebillable.
Clearly this issue - BOTNETS - requires a multi-pronged response. It isn't just a tech issue. It's a policy issue, at the highest level. It's a business issue, one for which everyone affected needs to start making noise, contacting their Congressperson, their Chamber of Commerce, etc. This IS a threat to business. This issue is likely one that will NOT be solved at the hosting level BUT ONLY at the ISP level with ISPs disabling accounts, etc.
It's also an international issue and one that will likely require the passage of treaties - SOON, as if it's a PRIORITY - as botnets are clearly a threat to all forms of international commerce, national security, etc.
It's a bit daft that it's 2012 and we're having this discussion, in our little forum, about an issue - BOTNETS - that a) has been an known issue for a decade; b) is clearly beyond our individual means to remedy/addresss by a tech fix alone; and, c) is threatening to so many, in so many ways.
Call the F.C.C. or somebody "up there" whilst you also labor to apply a patch at the local level.