Kill switch coming to the PC with Windows8
“Janne Kytömäki, a Finnish software developer,… noticed something strange. Dozens of best-selling applications suddenly listed the same wrong publisher. It was as if Stephen King’s name had vanished from the covers of his books, replaced by an unknown author. Kytömäki realized the culprit was a piece of malware that was spreading quickly, and he posted his findings online.
Google responded swiftly. It flipped a little-known kill switch, reaching into more than 250,000 infected Android smartphones and forcibly removing the malicious code. “It was sort of unreal, watching something like that unfold,” says Kytömäki. Kill switches are a standard part of most smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. Google, Apple and Amazon all have the ability to reach into devices to delete illicit content or edit code without users’ permission. It’s a powerful way to stop threats that spread quickly, but it’s also a privacy and security land mine.
With the rollout of the Windows 8 operating system expected later this year, millions of desktop and laptop PCs will get kill switches for the first time.”
Well, wait fot some virus to kill switch some day all Windows from Earth in some fabulous date. I would choose 21 December 2012. I like mayan prophecies. :evilgrin: