US interested in Aussie 'zombie' code

Australian security experts took their e-security code of conduct to the White House, where it met with Barack Obama's cyber-security coordinator, Howard Schmidt.

Australia's Internet Industry Association (IIA) took its e-security code of conduct to the White House, where it met with Barack Obama's cyber-security coordinator, Howard Schmidt, to discuss it as a potential model for the US internet industry to adopt.

Informally known as the "zombie" code, the IIA released its e-security code of practice to internet service providers (ISPs) earlier this month in Australia, outlining ways they could protect their subscribers and inform them about being infected with malware. A "zombie" is a malware-infected PC.

One suggestion within the code is to put infected users into a "walled garden", which limits internet access to prevent further security problems until quarantined. Another option is to throttle the speed of an infected users' internet connection until their computer fixed. The code is voluntary for ISPs to adopt and will come into effect by December.

For more of this story, read US interested in Aussie 'zombie' code on ZDNet Australia.

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