FBI tells the public to call their ISP for help

Per Heldal heldal at eml.cc
Fri Jun 15 08:16:30 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-06-14 at 16:34 -0400, Kradorex Xeron wrote:
> And reguarding Microsoft and their patching licences:
> Those patches may be their precious "legal property" but it's their hording of 
> legal rights that's damaging hundreds of thousands of computers. Microsoft is 
> currently abusing their market share standings and giving insufficient patch 
> distribution, (i.e. offline distibution) Therefore Microsoft should be held 
> accountable for every computer that becomes infected with worms due to 
> insufficient patching. To me, it sounds like Microsoft wants the power, but 
> doesn't want the responsibility that comes with the power of great market 
> share. It is time Microsoft be forced to take that responsibility.

Regulation targeting software-vendors and service-providers has little
effect as it is an attempt to disrupt the money-flow somewhere in the
middle. It's usually more efficient to "attack" the source. I.e.
authorities must hold computer users responsible and make them pay every
penny (or millions;) it costs to investigate and clean up their mess.
Mainstream OS'es as we know them would have been unsellable in today's
market if users, ever since the internet was commercialised, had been
held responsible. 


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