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Organizations Pass Optional Code of Conduct for Combating Botnets

The US Federal Communication Commission and several communications companies and trade associations have passed a voluntary code of conduct designed to combat botnets. Drafted by the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council Working Group and Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, the Anti-Bot Code of Conduct for Internet Service Providers outlines the meaningful actions ISPs should take to stop botnet activity. The FCC will add companies that agree to follow the code—including Verizon, Cox Communications, Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable—to a so-called safe list in return. These companies reportedly serve about 80 percent of all US-based Internet broadband subscribers. The Dark Reading IT-security-news website estimates that more than one in ten US computers are infected by difficult-to-detect botnet-related software. (Ars Technica)(Dark Reading)(Computerworld)(Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group)

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