Net firms 'could do more' to fight viruses

Internet providers could be held responsible for the spread of viruses on private computers, one of Britain's leading experts has claimed.

Giving evidence to the House of Lords science and technology committee, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of internet governance and regulation at Oxford, said that holding broadband companies accountable for dangerous online traffic could help solve some security problems.

"When a computer is spewing out viruses, ISPs do not generally block them," Professor Zittrain said. "It's very difficult for users to say that something is wrong ... [but] it's not as if we would be asking ISPs to be significantly more intrusive than they are currently." Net firms 'could do more' to fight viruses | Technology | Guardian Unlimited Technology

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