Microsoft Wants 'Sick' PCs Banned From the Internet

Artwork: Chip Taylor
Even so, fearing government mandates to block compromised customers, some Internet service providers have banded together to deal with botnets. In Japan, more than 70 ISPs have partnered with the government to create the Cyber Clean Center, which covers 90 percent of Internet users in that country. Internet service providers in France, Australia, and the Netherlands have also made attempts to collectively tackle the issue of bots.

Microsoft is calling for a four-step plan to implement a health policy for the Internet. First, we must develop a way to define and demonstrate "good health," perhaps a combination of active client-side defenses and a lack of malicious data from a system. Second, a trusted system of health certificates must be created to avoid spoofing a health system. Third, Internet service providers need a way to request and accept health certificates and take action. And fourth, a legal and regulatory framework that supports the model must be created.

"In the physical world, international, national, and local health organizations identify, track, and control the spread of disease which can include, where necessary, quarantining people to avoid the infection of others," Charney argues in his post. "Simply put, we need to improve and maintain the health of consumer devices connected to the Internet in order to avoid greater societal risk."

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