[clug] Anti-Virus Software

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 02:50:37 MDT 2010


On 2010/Jun/22, at 4:50 PM, Antti Roppola wrote:

>> On 22/06/10 13:44, Brett Worth wrote:
>>> Looks like I'm gunna need some AV software for my Linux systems.   
>>> Maybe I could run some
>>> in a VM or under Wine.  :-)
>>> http://www.news.com.au/technology/no-anti-virus-software-no-internet-connection/story-e6frfro0-1225882656490
> The actual report is less alarming. You'd have a contractual
> obligation with your ISP to be running current AV software. If you
> didn't, I presume your ISP could take civil action to recover any  
> costs
> arising from BotNets emenating from your connection. This is not a  
> law.
> I'd say my MacOS and Linux installs are "reasonable" anti-virus  
> software
> packages as far as my AV efforts are concerned and doubt any civil
> action would succeed. More likely the actual clause as defined by an  
> would not need to mandate a specific form of AV.
> I'd wait for a legal analysis.
> Antti
> ----------------8<--------------8<---------------
> 14. That the Australian Communications and Media Authority take the  
> lead
> role and work with the Internet Industry Association to immediately
> elaborate a detailed e-security code of practice to be registered  
> under
> the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth).
> That the code of practice include:
> - an obligation that the Internet Service Provider provides basic
> security advice when an account is set up to assist the end user to
> protect themselves from hacking and malware infections;
> - a mandatory obligation to inform end users when their IP address has
> been identified as linked to an infected machine(s);
> - a clear policy on graduated access restrictions and, if necessary,
> disconnection until the infected machine is remediated;
> - the provision of basic advice and referral for technical assistance
> for remediation; and
> - a requirement that acceptable use policies include contractual
> obligations that require a subscriber to:
> * install anti-virus software and firewalls before the Internet
> connection is activated;
> * endeavour to keep e-security software protections up to date; and
> * take reasonable steps to remediate their computer(s) when notified  
> of
> suspected malware compromise.
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