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Sending Botnets the Way of Smallpox

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University of Tulsa researchers have published a legal study on three "technically feasible" compulsory vaccination scenarios that governments could consider to help combat cybercrime. "In the U.S. you cannot go to school unless you have the appropriate vaccinations," says Tulsa computer scientist Sujeet Shenoi. "Maybe you shouldn't have access to the Internet without the right computer vaccinations, too."

Shenoi envisions a government-controlled Computer Protection Board managing one of three potential vaccination scenarios. The "quarantine and vaccinate" scenario would allow an Internet service provider to block and install the latest security software on any subscriber found to have malware on their machine. The second scenario would be to install a set of feedback sensors, which would analyze all Internet-bound traffic, looking for anomalous behavior that could point to a new virus. The third scenario adds a cybercrime-fighting capability to the sensor model.

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