Microsoft is taking a stand against malware attacks by proposing that the government be given the ability to block individual computers from connecting to the internet. The company feels that cyber security should mirror public health safety laws and infected computers should be taken over by the government. Sounds awfully Big Brother to me. They are saying that it would be similar to how a car must be inspected before it can be driven legally. My take on this is that the government could potentially use this as an excuse to block access to certain individuals. Where does it end?
Internet usage, hacking, and malware are a problem that we are faced with due to the high availability of the internet and out dependency on it. Letting the government step in can’t be the answer.