As it turns out, ridding millions of PCs worldwide of their zombie-infestations is actually going to be quite simple — press the power button and wait for your ISP to call:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today proposed that computer users who are unknowingly sending out millions of spam e-mail messages through their infected computers must turn off their computers until they are fixed.
In order to make this option a viable one, the FTC has requested approximately 3,000 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) worldwide to remedy the problem by identifying machines that are sending out suspiciously high amounts of e-mails regularly and quarantining them. The FTC said ISPs should then help customers clean their machines and bring it out of the “hijack” state. The FTC has codenamed such machines as Zombie PCs.
The FTC said many of the U.S. based ISPs have already started working towards the plans the commission laid out.
Gosh, didn’t see this part coming:
China, which is considered to be one of the developing hubs of spam messages, has declined to participate in the campaign against spam.