richi writes "There's no doubt that botnets are a major threat to the safety and stability of the internet — not to mention the cleanliness of your inbox. After years of failure to act, could we finally be seeing ISPs waking up to their responsibilities? While ISPs can't prevent users getting infected with bots, they are in a superb position to detect the signs of infection. Contractually, the ISP would be reasonably justified in cutting off a user from the internet, as bot infection would be contrary to the terms of the ISP's acceptable-use policy.
However, the main counter-argument is that consumer ISPs operate on razor-thin margins. Perhaps there's light at the end of the tunnel. After last week's news that Comcast is warning customers found to be infected, today, Microsoft's Scott Charney spoke at the International Security Solutions Europe Conference in Berlin, Germany, advocating bot detection and remediation.
Is this an idea who's time has come?"
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