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[News] [Rival] Microsoft the Zombie Culprit Wants to Police the Web

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft the Zombie Culprit Wants to Police the Web
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2010 03:29:37 +0000
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Microsoft Exec calls for âInternet Driverâs Licenseâ

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| This is why I am sure that Mr. Mundie will 
| begin implementing a license test for 
| Microsoft Windows. You see, there are by 
| some reports over 9 million âzombieâ Windows 
| machines disrupting internet use by relaying 
| spam and spreading malware, and while Mr. 
| Mundie may not be able to create an Internet 
| Driverâs License, he is certainly in the 
| position to promote a Microsoft Windows 
| Driverâs License.
| Mr. Mundie asserts that some authority needs 
| be able to âorganize the systematic 
| quarantine of machines that are 
| compromised.â Who is in a better position 
| that Microsoft itself to require and verify 
| the proper ability of potential Microsoft 
| Windows users to be responsible, and in turn 
| to deny that use if necessary?


Subject: [IP] Lauren Weinstein -- Microsoft's Police State Vision? Exec Calls for Internet "Driver's Licenses"

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| So when someone who really should know 
| better starts to push this sort
| of incredibly dangerous concept, it's time 
| to bump up to orange alert
| at a minimum, and the trigger is no less 
| than Craig Mundie, chief
| research and strategy officer for Microsoft.
| At the World Economic Forum in Davos two 
| days ago, Mundie explicitly
| called for an "Internet Driver's License": 
| "If you want to drive a
| car you have to have a license to say that 
| you are capable of driving
| a car, the car has to pass a test to say it 
| is fit to drive and you
| have to have insurance." ( 
| http://bit.ly/aWJ2ed )


Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"



Twitter briefly knocked offline by hackers (again)

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| Twitter suffered from yet more security jitters on Tuesday night, after
| another attack left the site briefly unavailable.


Aussie arrested in botnet allegation

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| Inspector Blue Knacker of the Adelaide Yard claims that the 20 year old is
| also suspected of having developed software capable of launching virus
| attacks on 74,000 computers worldwide.



Should Microsoft be Liable for its Flaws?

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| The recent attacks on Twitter and Facebook, probably using Windows botnets,
| have highlighted an old issue: whether Microsoft should be held responsible
| for the flaws in its software that cause such costly global downtimes.
| At first glance, it's an attractive option. After all, it could be argued
| that the company has made billions of dollars of profit from software that
| has caused billions of dollars of losses for users around the world, and so
| it would be only fair if some of that unjustly gained dosh were redistributed
| to those who have suffered at its hands.


Nine MS security bulletins create busy updates workload

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| Microsoft released the expected nine patches - five critical - as part of a
| busy August Patch Tuesday update that focuses primarily on client-side
| vulnerabilities.


New banking code cracks down on out-of-date software

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| The banking industry has re-affirmed a policy that makes online banking
| customers responsible for losses if they have out of date anti-virus or
| anti-phishing protection. New Banking Codes for consumers and businesses took
| effect on Monday.  


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  


In zombies we trust

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| A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial where in back-of-the-envelope
| style (.pdf) I estimated that perhaps 15-30% of all privately owned computers
| were no longer under the sole control of their owner. In the intervening
| months, I received a certain amount of hate mail but in those intervening
| months Vint Cert guessed 20-40%, Microsoft said 2/3rds, and IDC suggested
| 3/4ths. It is thus a conservative risk position to assume that any random
| counterparty stands a fair chance of being already compromised.      


Secure web browsing through Live Linux distros

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| Banking isn't the be-all and end-all: there's many other reasons you'd
| want a secure system, separate from what's on the hard disk, besides
| Internet banking. Traveller's can't necessarily trust the integrity of
| a computer in an Internet cafe.


Online banking fraud 'up 8,000%'

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| The UK has seen an 8,000% increase in fake internet banking scams
| in the past two years, the government's financial watchdog has warned.
| The Financial Services Authority (FSA) told peers it was "very concerned"
| about the growth in "phishing".

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