Anti-Virus Software To Become Required for Internet Access?

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald details a new proposal put forward by the Australian parliament in an effort to fight cyber-crime and malicious computer viruses. The ambitious plan would require that consumers' PCs meet a set of security standards -- the presence of proper anti-virus and firewall software -- before their internet connections could be activated. In addition, ISPs would be mandated to notify users if their computers have become infected with a virus, and could ultimately disconnect them from the internet until the virus is removed.

While the proposed hardware and software regulations would be specific to home computers, the internet-connected mobile device market is increasingly threatened by the very same kinds of malware and crime that have plagued PCs for years. Similar requirements for devices could plausibly follow close behind.