NEWS - March 23, 2012
by Carol~ - 3/23/12 4:04 AM
FCC publishes voluntary code of ISP conduct to combat botnets
The Federal Communication Commission, working with communications companies including Verizon, Cox, and Comcast, passed a voluntary code on Thursday that spells out the steps participating ISPs must take to combat botnets. Those same companies, along with CenturyLink, AT&T, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable, have already committed to follow the code, comprising a customer base that accounts for at least half of all US-based Internet subscribers.
ISPs agreeing to abide by the code must "take meaningful action" in each of the following areas: education, detection, notification, remediation, and collaboration. Detection, for example, would require the provider to "identify botnet activity in the ISP's network, obtain information on botnet activity in the ISP's network, or enable end-users to self-determine potential bot infections on their end-user devices." Those who follow the code are added to a kind of "safe list" maintained by the FCC.
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