Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

Summary: South Korea's recently proposed Zombie PC Prevention Bill, aims to fight botnets with common sense - by making security software mandatory on users' PCs.

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How do you fight botnets? With rationalism, or with radicalism?

South Korea's recently proposed Zombie PC Prevention Bill, aims to fight them with common sense - by making security software mandatory on users' PCs. What's particularly interesting about the bill, is the backdoor left open, empowering the government to “examine the details of the business, records, documents and others” of users and companies who do not comply.

More details on the bill:

  • to impose a statutory duty on every citizen to install and to use security software pursuant to the Presidential Decree to be issued under the Act
  • to confer on the government department (Korea Communications Commission; KCC) the power to ban or to allow the business of those security solution providers which KCC chooses to ban or to allow according to certain criteria
  • to make the security solution providers to focus on winning the favor of government officials (through lobbying) rather than winning the consumers in the market through competition and innovation of product quality
  • to empower the KCC agents, without a warrant, to “examine the details of the business, records, documents and others” of anyone upon mere suspicion that the person (individual or company) has violated the duty to use security software

In the past there have been numerous cases of enforced best practices, or how the lack of such may lead to unpleasant results:

What the MPs seem to have forgotten is the fact that antivirus software only mitigates a certain percentage of the risk, and is only part of a well developed defense in depth strategy. Multiple independent reports and tests show that despite that users are running antivirus software, they still get infected with malware.

What do you think is the best way to fight botnets? Rationalism or radicalism. Is running security software a duty, or has the time come for ISPs to take care of their own backyards.

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Topics: Malware, Hardware, Security, Software

Dancho Danchev

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  • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

    Sounds great on the surface, but when you get to the meat and potatoes, people would likely do just as well running without "security" there.
    scoop0901@...
    • And it won't work.

      @scoop0901@...

      Unless you get rid of the weak link (AKA: The User), this will only enrich the people that make security software.
      Bruizer
    • Actually, it would be easier to just outlaw Windows. No need for Win32

      Anyway.
      DonnieBoy
      • That's stupid. Lets bankrupt a company by taking away

        @DonnieBoy
        Windows and give them Linux instead. May as well give them a pad of paper and a pencil to run their businesses on.
        John Zern
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @DonnieBoy I'm currently running Win64 =).

        It would be pointless. They'll just start attacking the next platform that comes in.
        CobraA1
      • Guys, the only redeeming feature of Windows is Win32, and that is fading

        away. Trying to keep Windows computers held together with duct tape and bailing wire and all of the security problems is what is bankrupting companies. Can you say "rats nest"? Sure, I knew you could.
        DonnieBoy
      • Fading away?

        @DonnieBoy
        Odd, I don't see it fading away.
        Rat's Nest? I heard of that, it's the next incarnation of Ubuntu.
        :)
        John Zern
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @DonnieBoy I find Win64 very redeeming =).
        CobraA1
      • Donnieboy, All platforms are vulnerable.

        @DonnieBoy

        Instead of banning Win32 lets not give the sudo password out to users for they will get infected. Malware for phones is taking off and they run a Unix variant on a RISC Arm processor. You are not very logical.
        osreinstall
      • Not at all

        @John Zern
        It would put you out of job shilling for Micro$oft, and that would be awesome.
        LTV10
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @DonnieBoy
        Although Windows is the biggest target for spyware, ect, no operating system is 100% secure. Attackers would just move to the next big target.
        ZackCDLVI
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @DonnieBoy

        seriously? get a grip on reality!

        i've worked network security for more than 10 years. i do not care what the target is, if the attacker believes there is sufficient value to compromising the target, the attacker will attack with whatever channels are available, and no system is impervious. it is a constant cat-and-mouse game between the attackers and the defenders. having been on both sides of that game to some extent, i say this from direct experience.

        and when all is said and done, no matter what the OS is, the single weakest chink in the armor is the user, and the human tendency to choose convenience over security because it is easier.
        erik.soderquist
      • Agreed!

        @DonnieBoy
        The problem is not technically inept users (like here), but an operating system with more holes than any other in the history of IT.
        Of course, nobody will admit this, there's too much money to make on the second rate platform. :-/
        Mikael_z
      • Different shades of hell

        @ Zc456 <br>Windows is the worst with a huge margin.<br>I'd say the problem would be solved if Windows were banned from the internet. We who want a network free from PC zombies, virus infected PC:s, sending data everywhere, in effect reducing valuable bandwidth for everybody else who have enough wits to choose something better than that crap from Redmond.<br><br>Clear enough?
        Mikael_z
    • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

      @scoop0901@... - Then there is the Congress. Would a Republican led Congress thats currently howling about the Government requiring citizens to purchase Health Care agree with this? Well we know they would be fine with it if it were on a State level but not Federal.
      NPGMBR
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @NPGMBR
        Of course, the same republican party that says it want to keep government out of our lives also wants to make it illegal to have abortions.

        Mandating security software is not the answer. Even if all the backdoors in all OSes were plugged, users are still overriding the security software to install things that were emailed to them, or that they found at some random site.

        It sounds to me like this is both a money making scheme on the part of the South Korean government and a power grab. The software companies will have to curry favor with the politicians, probably through a mixture of public fees and private "contributions." Also, this allows the government to access any part of any computer they want, without any due process.

        South Korean government/politicians 100
        Private businesses/individuals 0

        FTH
        fromthehip
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @NPGMBR <br><br>*Conservatives* (as opposed to Republicans who may or may not be conservative) would oppose it on the State level, as well.

        @fromthehip - nonsense. They don't want to make abortions illegal, They just want the murder laws applied equitably. The same democrat party that says it wants to keep abortion legal wants to keep hanging black people illegal; how inconsistent of them.

        Odd how democrats who howl about keeping the ability for women to be irresponsible through murder have no qualms about seatbelt laws, although the same argument (it's *my body*) applies.

        So, apparently, the republicans are consistently consistent, and the democrats are consistently inconsistent.
        hiraghm@...
      • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

        @hiraghm@...
        "The same democrat party that says it wants to keep abortion legal wants to keep hanging black people illegal; how inconsistent of them."

        You seem to have things backward there. Democrats have a higher tendency to be minorities and the racists (you know, the ones that do the hangin') tend to show up on the Republican (not just conservative because conservative Rupublican is about as oxymoronic as military intelligence) camp. You DO show the conservative (not just Republican) tendency to argue with something, just for the sake of argument, even when you're wrong.
        Fritzpk
  • They should make OS X mandatary

    OS X still has a perfect security record after 10+ years and remember that iPad has 90% marketshare so the marketshare argument is debunked. Also remember that OS X is immune to 100% of the Windows malware that is out there so that is further proof of OS X's fantastic built in security.
    edtimes
    • RE: Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory

      @edtimes Welcome new resident troll !!!!
      1773