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Tuesday, 22 June 2010 09:38

Daft Aussies come up with another internet idea

Written by Nick Farell

Install security software or lose your Internet connection

Desperate to control the internet in a way that they can't manage with the economy, the Australian government has come up with another daft idea. Not content with net filters on a par with China, the Australian government now wants to cut off internet access for those people who do not have enough security on their machines.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald a government inquiry into Cyber Crime has come up with the wizard wheeze which involves switching off people who do not have enough security on their PC.

A prominent cyber-security consultant, Alastair MacGibbon, who is a former director of the AFP's Australian High Tech Crime Centre and eBay's former security chief, said that under the plan ISPs will have to monitor the security of users' machines and block them from connecting if their browsers, security and “operating system software” are not up to standard. In otherwords if you are running an unsupported OS you could be identfied as being a “threat to the internet” and cut off.

But Peter Coroneos, chief executive of the Internet Industry Association (IIA), has questioned whether such ideas are practical and says the government would not be able to enforce the content of ISPs' contractual relationships with customers.

There is some good stuff in the list of ideas. ISPs will be forced to inform users when their machines are infected and, if necessary, disconnect them from the internet until the affected machine is fixed. But some of them are a bit “nanny state”.

Users will be contractually obliged to install anti-virus software and firewalls before their internet connection is activated. They would have to keep their e-security software updated and take reasonable steps to inoculate their computers when notified of a suspected malware compromise.

Nick Farell

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-4 #1 dhoom 2010-06-22 12:37
all u can do is just make ppl aware about computer security...
+4 #2 Miikkii 2010-06-23 00:46
Just seen this before on Sunrise (Australian Early Morning News Show). It's a pathetic idea.

In my opinion its common sense that needs to be slapped into these people, they're computers get infected because they click on the stupid Myspace & Facebook ad's. You simply don't click internet ad's let alone install something if it asks you to do so. It's just plain stupid!
+3 #3 Stewox 2010-06-23 01:19
ahahaahaha that will never happen if it get's here where i live, hahahhahah i will use what OS i want , i will use which security i want, i will do whatever i want , [censored] you new world order.
0 #4 B-Dog 2010-06-23 16:15
Sucks if this does pass as those internet security software companies have more of a reason to charge more for products if it is required. Getting pretty communist to me.

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