When I first read about this botnet issue, I was rather shocked that the target OS was not being examined at length here. After all, it’s not OS X or Linux allowing this botnet issue to become so prevalent. It’s Windows.
Now in an effort to be fair about this, I will take the stance that much of the problem with hijacked Windows’ boxes comes from the fact that so many people have unprotected Windows machines with no intention of rectifying this problem.
As for Microsoft’s role in all of this, I think that it is fantastic that they have tasked a team to look into the problem. Unfortunately I am rather concerned as to what one group of people can truly do at this point short of study the issue… to death.
So what can truly be done here? Should we simply blame Microsoft for allowing this to happen in the first place? Well speaking for myself, I really don’t care as much as I used to. And besides my feelings as to Microsoft’s level of responsibility, the end user certainly had a fairly strong hand of negligence here. I don’t believe that we should be so quick to let them off the hook completely.
In the end, it’s going to come down to learning from these mistakes and making sure that the future OS exploits that come about, do not allow for any sort of bot-networking ability whatsoever. Either that or start requiring computing licenses. And let’s be honest, I really don’t think anyone wants to have to take that route.