“Providers will inform Belgians if their PC is part of botnet ‘




The Belgian Centre for Cyber ​​Security, or CCB, will by the end of the year to warn users via their provider if their IP address is in a botnet. The organization has about signed a preliminary agreement with the Privacy Commission.

In February it became known that the CCB will in collaboration with Microsoft so-called zombie computers detect . However, there was still consulting with the Privacy Commission needed to approach people based on their IP address. De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad letter Friday that there is now an “agreement in principle” was signed between the CCB and the Privacy Commission. A final agreement would follow soon. Under this agreement, the CCB lists IP addresses to providers, who then inform the affected users, and then destroy the lists.

Such a procedure is necessary because, in fact, only Justice must knock under investigation by providers to identify individuals behind IP addresses, allows CCB director Miguel De Bruycker to De Standaard. “The Internet privacy is respected,” he adds. “The biggest privacy risk, moreover, is in the intrusion into their personal computer. Their data actually lying on the pavement.” Initial reports have to be sent before the end of this year.

The newspapers write that the computers estimated to be between one hundred thousand and five hundred thousand Belgians are part of a botnet, because they are infected with malware. Those computers, also called zombies, can then be used for example to send spam or carry out a DDoS attack. Such attacks used IP addresses can be registered in some cases, according to the newspaper. Also at dismantling of a botnet, these data can be insightful. In Friday’s messages did not mention cooperation with Microsoft.


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