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[News] [Rival] Rebuttals to Microsoft's DOJ Insider Who Wants to Punish Linux and Mac Users for Windows Botnets

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Rebuttals to Microsoft's DOJ Insider Who Wants to Punish Linux and Mac Users for Windows Botnets
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2010 09:48:06 +0000
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Microsoft Security Exec Suggests Internet Tax To Pay For 'Computer Health Care' Program

,----[ Quote ]
| Tank Szuba alerts us to the story about a 
| Microsoft security exec suggesting that it 
| might make sense to implement an internet 
| usage tax to help fund a "computer 
| healthcare system" to fix the notoriously 
| insecure software that his company 
| produces.
| [...]
| Has he looked at how well healthcare has 
| been working lately? Of course, as with 
| healthcare, the real issue should be 
| preventative efforts, and those mainly 
| start with Microsoft and how it architects 
| its software. But I guess it's easier to 
| just ask everyone to pay a tax to hide 
| that.


Improve Internet Health with a Microsoft Tax? 

,----[ Quote ]
| The idea of Microsoft-funded PSAs 
| advertising Linux as a way to avoid 
| Internet-spread malware sounds much more 
| reasonable than taxing all users to shore 
| up defenses against Windows-based botnets. 
| And it would give Microsoft an added 
| incentive to work harder to solve the 
| problem. If and when Windows-based botnets 
| are a thing of the past, then the company 
| could stop paying for the PSAs. At least 
| that makes more sense than a general 
| taxation for end users.


Microsoft exec: Infected PCs should be quarantined (Q&A)


Governments should quarantine infected computers 



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.


Botnets Running Rampant

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| How much money is being stolen by cybercriminals? No one knows, and no one
| even knows how to go about coming up with that number, IronPort's Peterson
| said.


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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