March Of The Zombies: Aussie ISPs Strike Back With iCode

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Most Australian Internet service providers today will introduce a new voluntary code of practice – dubbed the iCode – in a bid to combat the growing problem of “zombied” computers.

The iCode is an initiative of the Internet Industry Association (IIA), but has the backing of the Australian Government. According to IIA chief executive Peter Coroneos the initiative is attracting the attention of governments worldwide as they grapple with the problem of hordes of infected machines coming under the control of criminals and potentially, terrorists.

IIA says zombied computers can capture and forward passwords, send information to others without the knowledge of users, wipe information stored on machines or cause personal computers to attack other computer systems worldwide – all without the owners of the computers being aware of what is happening.

The iCode – which today will be introduced by around 80 percent of Australian ISPs, according to the IIA – is said to work hand in hand with the Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) established by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

AISI will remain a major source of intelligence to ISPs about possible network infections, Coroneos says.

The iCode meanwhile will enable ISPs to inform customers if their computers are infected and advise them on how to deal with the threat. Web-based resources will include self-help tools, as well as guides to professional help, including house calls if necessary.

More info is promised at www.icode.net.au.

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