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Re: Quarantining infected hosts (Was: FBI tells the public to call their ISP for help)

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Sun Jun 17 17:58:29 2007

On Sun, 17 Jun 2007, Jeroen Massar wrote:
For that matter, why don't ISPs start doing that: Introduce a fine. When
somebody gets infected, and thus doesn't take good care of his/her/it's
computer fine them. Let them pay say $25 to get fully back on the
Internet and only allow a very slow rate of traffic in the mean time.

Please review the archives. ISPs have tried fining customers as far
back as 1997. Past attempts to hold individuals responsible for the actions of their compromised computers result in bad press, because eventually the individuals will be little old grandmothers on fixed incomes whose only contact with the outside world is getting pictures of their grandchildren via the net. Newspapers love stories about big bad corporations picking on poor innocent grandmothers.
This ISP flatfoot enjoys giving spammers the boot
Bellyaching bad guys just part of the job.
By Cara Garretson, Network World, 09/13/04