Quarantining infected hosts (Was: FBI tells the public to call their ISP for help)

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Sun Jun 17 21:57:00 UTC 2007

On Sun, 17 Jun 2007, Jeroen Massar wrote:
> For that matter, why don't ISPs start doing that: Introduce a fine. When
> somebody gets infected, and thus doesn't take good care of his/her/it's
> computer fine them. Let them pay say $25 to get fully back on the
> Internet and only allow a very slow rate of traffic in the mean time.

Please review the archives.  ISPs have tried fining customers as far
back as 1997.  Past attempts to hold individuals responsible 
for the actions of their compromised computers result in bad press, 
because eventually the individuals will be little old grandmothers on 
fixed incomes whose only contact with the outside world is getting 
pictures of their grandchildren via the net.  Newspapers love stories 
about big bad corporations picking on poor innocent grandmothers.

This ISP flatfoot enjoys giving spammers the boot
Bellyaching bad guys just part of the job.
By Cara Garretson, Network World, 09/13/04

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