Comcast to warn infected users with pop-up

Posted on Friday, Oct 09 2009 @ 21:46 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
CNET reports cable operator Comcast is trial testing an automated service that will warn broadband users of possible malware infections. The service will analyze spikes in traffic and will warn potentially infected users with a browser pop-up.
For instance, a significant overnight spike in traffic being sent from a particular Internet Protocol address could signal that a computer is infected with a virus taking control of the system and using it to send spam as part of a botnet.

The alerts are triggered "when we see computers on our network that are doing things that are known bot activities--say, a computer is spewing out thousands of spam e-mails," said Jay Opperman, senior director of security and privacy at Comcast.

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Re: Comcast to warn infected users with pop-up
by Anonymous on Saturday, Oct 10 2009 @ 00:16 CEST
Ridiculous. It's just an excuse for more Comcast invasion of their user's privacy. They've now substituted DNS searches for Yahoo, which I'm sure is a sweet marketing deal for them from a cash perspective.

Comcast is chalking itself up as the very worst customer experience ever invented.
Caps on "unlimited"
DNS not found redirection to Yahoo (not removeable from your system)
Popups for "virises" - give me a break even Norton isn't that bad.
Customer service folks who are an industry worst.
Rates that are an industry worst.

This is exactly what you get when you have no competition and no regulation. The FCC needs to fix Comcast's wagon but good and get the Customer back where he or she should be.