Australian ISPs to Quarantine Infected PCs from the Internet

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Zoandar

Tenhawk, I think you have the best idea yet. Don't totally disconnect them, just restrict them to only accessing their ISP, who can then communicate with them to help or verify when their system is again good to go.

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PawBear

 Solving a problem is the issue here.  Why not just require isps to inform individual users of the issue and give them the solution with adequate time to fix it?  If they fail to act, then cut them off.  I think that could work here to everyone's best interest.

Alright, and probably tell them to clean up their act while they're at it and stop pirating stuff before they have to turn them in.

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Athlonite

This is something every ISP in the world should be Forced to do and non compliance means you loose your pipeline to the net until you agree to comply and prove that your actively blocking those computers that show symptoms of viral infection or zombieism and companies who fail to patch known risks in their software should be brought to task and heavily fined for continuing to allow holes that can be exploited to exist (probably means Adobe will go broke but that's no big lose)

 

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mesiah

I can see it now,.. The Au Cyber crime prevention bureau gets kicked off line for having a virus, and can't get online to turn their service back on. The internet version of locking yourself out of you car >.>

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ThunderBolt

Or did I miss the memo?

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Tenhawk

They do have a frightening lean to Fascist type laws, however, when dealing with weapons and information technology. It's not a complete sweep, however... most of their laws are as sane as any other nations. (Not a bell ringing endorsement, I might say, but still it's hard to blame someone for being as stupid as everyone else...)

When it comes to weapons and the internet, however, Australia is one of the strictest nations around as far as I am aware. Which, to me, is insanity because weapons and the internet are two things you can't hope to control.

Anytime something is so easy to use that someone with NO training can learn to utilize it in a few minutes, the government has not chance of effective control. At that point you're just blowing smoke, and generally promoting dissent as people realize that you can't effectively enforce your rules.

If you give orders you can't enforce, you give up your authority to lead.

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Mighty BOB!

Don't forget their idiotic video game laws.

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COMMANDER_COOK

Holding companies responsible for thier software's security holes is like punishing the police for not catching criminals. 

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linkmaster6

Certify you clean for a nominal fee...

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Peanut Fox

Nice.  :)

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Daemon

So, what happens to the poor people when they can't download fixes or even do an online scan; its not like everyone could afford to pay for AV and Firewalls. Au gona just leave them up sh!t creek without a paddle? Thats gotta be some BAD mojo! If this comes to pass I could see Aussies disappearing from teh untertubens. Its a sign BEWARE!

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Athlonite

 In this day and age there be plenty of really good free AV and firewall solutions available I for example run MSE ( Microsoft Security Essentials ) X64 on Windows 7 x64 and I use the built in firewall I have also changed my DNS servers from the default ISP ones to OpenDNS's and guess what i haven't had a virus or a trojen or any malware manage to sneak in I've had shit try but it's been caught at the border and deported quick smart...

So your reasoning is just FUD    

 

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Tenhawk

On the one hand you have a pertty hefty inconvenience to paying customers for something that, in many cases, will be beyond their controls. Virus writers are, by their nature, one step ahead of the BEST anti virus people in the business. They have the initiative, and everyone else is forced to react. This bill makes victims into criminals...

and yet...

Whatever else, it would be effective in crippling powerful botnets and stamping hard in viral spreads. In theory anyway...

Tough call, and a truly frightening precedent to set however. 

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Peanut Fox

What happens when you can't get online to download a fix?

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Athlonite

Then your ISP should be stumping up with a CD with the needed fixes on it along with portable versions of software that run at boot time and disinfect your pc prints a report of system clean that you then snail mail back to your ISP who then reconnects you to the net  

 

Play till it breaks then learn how to fix it!

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Tenhawk

Far to insanely obtuse.

I would say cut the user from net access, but redirect them to a ISP LAN site with the appropriate free software and instructions... well, I would say that if I were in agreement with this concept, which I'm not certain I am. The theory sounds... well, not good, but intelligent. It's the practice part that bothers me, not to mention the potential precedent. 

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