According to Microsoft, there are 3.8 million infected botnet computers worldwide, 1 million of which are in the U.S. They are used to steal sensitive information and send spam, and were a launching point for 190,000 distributed denial-of-service attacks in 2008.
ALL of which run some version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
So what is Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney’s proposed cure?
“I actually think the health care model … might be an interesting way to think about the problem,” Charney said. With medical diseases, there are education programs, but there are also social programs to inspect people and quarantine the sick.
This model could work to fight computer viruses too, he said. When a computer user allows malware to run on his computer, “you’re not just accepting it for yourself, you’re contaminating everyone around you,” he said.
Oh, I see. It’s the user’s fault. Uh huh.
The idea that Internet service providers might somehow step up in the fight against malware is not new. The problem, however, is cost.
Yes, Microsoft has ALWAYS wanted someone else to pay the price for their shitty OS.
Customer calls already eat into service provider profits. Adding quarantine and malware-fixing costs to that would be prohibitive, said Danny McPherson, chief research officer with Arbor Networks, via instant message. “They have no incentive to do anything today.”
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“Customer calls already eat into Microsoft’s profits. Adding quarantine and malware-fixing costs to that would be prohibitive, said Danny McPherson, chief research officer with Arbor Networks, via instant message. They have no incentive to do anything today.”
There, I fixed it for you.
So who would foot the bill? “Maybe markets will make it work,” Charney said. But an Internet usage tax might be the way to go. “You could say it’s a public safety issue and do it with general taxation,” he said.
So, the botnets and viruses exploit the shoddy Windows OS and instead of fixing the problem (because they can’t) they want Internet users to “pay for it”.
How about Microsoft pays for it since they created the problem?