11/7/2005

Australian ISP To Help Fighting Zombies

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:31 am

Five ISPs have been recruited by the government to hunt down virus-infected computers used to send spam or launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from Australia.

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, launched the Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) on Monday, which is being run on a three-month trial basis by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Anthony Wing, manager of the anti-spam team at the ACMA, told ZDNet UK sister site ZDNet Australia that the application, which took “some months” to build, can identify computers physically located in Australia that are being used for “illicit reasons”.

“[The application] identifies IP addresses that have been used for illicit reasons — for example spamming,” Wing said. “There are a range of sensors around that world that identify them. Those infected IP addresses are then fed to the relevant ISP. They know who their customers are so that can contact them”.

The five ISPs signed up for the trial are Telstra BigPond, OptusNet, Westnet, Pacific Internet and West Australian Networks. Each will regularly receive a list of IP addresses that identify computers on their network demonstrating zombie-like behaviour. The ISPs will then be responsible for contacting their customers and helping them disinfect their computers.

According to a statement from the ACMA, if the owner of a computer contacted by an ISP is unwilling or unable to disinfect that machine, the ISP could remove its connection to the Internet: “if the computer remains a threat to other Internet users, the ISPs may take steps under their acceptable use policy to disconnect the computer until the problem is resolved”.

Source: ZDNet

 

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