The Botnets Are Coming!

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.

[tags]bots,Windows,Microsoft,OS X,Linux,security[/tags]

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  • Peter

    wouldn’t blocking bot nets by design also block all those interesting other legit uses of distributed computing – SETI, protein unwinding, finding huge primes…etc..?

  • Dennis S

    The bugs or features that have come out of Microsoft are their responsibility. In my opinion, the majority of PC users only want a black box, they do not care about what an OS is, what a file is, what a program is… They want to surf and email. Share digital photos, listen to music. They want to open an attachment and not have to scan it or worry that it is a problem. Many of the users will never take the time to learn to protect their PCs and that is a problem for us all. They were sold a bill of goods that all the things they wanted to do were ‘easy’. That anyone could do it and they can. The family geek can not administer every mom, pop, uncle, aunt and cousin’s PC. There just isn’t enough time in the day. Plug the hole at the source is how I feel. Of course, this is, just my opinion, I could be wrong.

  • Bob Lewis

    I think you are a victim of revisionist thinking. Most consumers do not have a real choice when it comes to an operating system and its inherent flaws. I would argue that Windows is inherently defective and to make consumers responsible for purchasing/installing extra software because Microsoft can’t or won’t fix the issues that come with Internet connectivity on a personal computer is wrongheaded.

    Users don’t need licenses to run computers, users need well written software that have built in security already. Truth be told, Microsoft is the owner of all the software, at least that what my license says, so it is up to Microsoft to fix the problem. Place the blame where it really lies!