Microsoft wants bugged PCs switched off -

Software giant Microsoft says it wants people who run malware stuffed computers shut off of the world wide wibble.

According to Infoworld, Redmond wants a collective health policy to certify a computer's health and restrict the Internet access of PCs infected with malware.

Microsoft said that attempts to shut down the command-and-control servers of botnets only temporarily have any effect so it is better to restrict malware riddled PCs from connecting to the Internet.

Writing in his bog, Scott Charney, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Trustworthy Computing said that when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others' health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society.

Insecurity experts have worked out that quarantining compromised computers on the top-50 networks showing signs of infection could eliminate half of all bots. But the problem is that it requires ISPs to act as enforcers. Customers will then need support which means the ISPs have to fork out more dosh.

Microsoft wants a four-step plan to implement a health policy for the Internet. First there needs to be active client-side defences and a lack of malicious data from a system. There also needs to be a trusted system of health certificates must be created to avoid spoofing a health system. ISPs need a way to request and accept health certificates and take action. And fourth, a legal and regulatory framework that supports the model must be created, Charney said.

"In the physical world, international, national, and local health organizations identify, track, and control the spread of disease which can include, where necessary, quarantining people to avoid the infection of other," he said.

Of course it also means that if you want to shut down a competitor you should work out a way of spoofing the fact that they have a botnet operating somewhere on their system.