FCC: ISPs Should Cut Off Net Access for Spambots
The Federal Trade Commission is urging ISPs to take a tougher stance on compromised computers known as "spam zombies."The Federal Trade Commission is urging ISPs to take a tougher stance on compromised computers known as "spam zombies," including cutting off Internet access for the machines, which experts believe are responsible for sending out huge volumes of unsolicited e-mail messages. The FTC joined with government agencies from 20 countries announcing Operation Spam Zombies in an effort to alert ISPs about the problem. ISPs should consider several options to stem the zombie problem, including better user education, anti-virus protection and even denying Internet access for problem machines, FTC officials said.
The FTC action is just the latest foray by the U.S. governments trade and consumer protection agency into the spam problem. The statement on spam zombies is similar in structure and intent to Operation Secure Your Server, a 2004 initiative by the FTC and agencies in 26 countries that urged ISPs to crack down on so-called open relays that spammers use to forward e-mail, said Don Blumenthal, Internet lab coordinator at the FTC in Washington. "Its an international effort, again, to alert ISPs and remind them about the problem of spam zombies."