There’s some good news in the never-ending war to stop malicious botnets from turning computers into zombies. As Gerry Smith of the Huffington Post reports:
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission announced commitments from most of the nation’s big Internet service providers to adhere to a voluntary “code of conduct” to fight botnets. The code calls on the providers to detect whether customers’ computers have become robots—or “bots”—and notify and help customers whose computers are infected.
“If you own a PC, you’ll be significantly better protected against your computer being taken over by a bad actor who could destroy your private files or steal your personal information,” FCC Chair Julius Genachowski said Thursday, as he announced the “code of conduct” suggested by a federal advisory group known as the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).
It’s estimated that close to 4 million computers are infected with botnets each and every month, so this coordination between the government and private industry is definitely welcome news.