ISP Responsibilities [WAS: Re: Nato warns of strike against cyber attackers]

Owen DeLong owen at
Wed Jun 9 21:50:26 UTC 2010

> Again, apples and oranges to a degree. Car owners don't receive a "use
> at your own risk" disclaimer either. Yet some Toyota owners faced
> horrifying instances of "subpar" prechecks. GM recalled a million or so
> cars and the list will always go on and on. Mistakes happen period and
> when mistakes DON'T happen Murphy's Law does. I can speak for any
> software vendor but I can speak about insecurity and exploitability of
> software. That too is what it is from any standpoint be it anywhere in
> Redmond to any other location. Look at Sun's horrible misstep with telnet:
Note, however, that in all of these cases, the car manufacturers were
liable and did have to take action to resolve the issues.

WHY are software companies not held to these same standards?

There's no need for new law, just for the judiciary to wake up and
stop granting them a bizarre and unreasonable exemption from the
existing laws.


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