Dutch ISPs Sign Anti-Botnet Treaty

Netherlands ISPs last month launched a joint effort to fight malware-infected computers and botnets — fondly described by locals as a "treaty."

The effort involves 14 ISPs, 98 percent of the consumer market, and will include:

– Exchange of relevant information among the cooperating ISPs
– Quarantine of infected computers
– Notification of end-users by their ISP

This way, information-sharing will lead to better coverage of the issues and a faster response time, quarantine will ensure that the infected no longer participate in criminal activity nor infect others, and most importantly, the ISPs take responsibility to notify their victimized users so that they can take action.


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