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It’s as if a million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced

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Via the Beeb:

Sick PCs should be banned from the net says Microsoft

Virus-infected computers that pose a risk to other PCs should be blocked from the net, a senior researcher at software giant Microsoft suggests.

The proposal is based on lessons from public health, said Scott Charney of the firm's Trustworthy Computing team.

With at many as twelve million Windows systems infected with the Mariposa botnet, ten million Windows systems infected with the Conficker botnet, and millions of other Windows systems infected with a multitude of other botnets, not to mention trojans, root kits, spyware and a host of other types of malware that regulary infest Windows systems, it seems to me that blocking infected systems from the Internet, while an interesting idea, would necessarily cause both a massive loss of income to online businesses and a frightful loss of business for Microsoft. After all, the vast majority of infected systems are Windows systems and a large majority of home PCs run Windows.

It's going to be awfully quiet on the Internet. We Linux and Mac users will just have to talk amongst ourselves.