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Few Virus Creators Face Penalties
posted by scubacuda on Tuesday September 02, @10:03AM
from the no-longer-a-victimless-crime dept.
Criminal Law AP: The nearly 63,000 viruses (an $65 billion US in damage) have gone largely unpunished: criminal prosecutions have been few, penalties light and just a handful of people have gone to prison for spreading the destructive bugs. Investigators say that they are hampered by an an obscure and anonymous environment, antiquated laws and, for many years, a winking or even admiring attitude toward virus creators. The U.S. Sentencing Commission has written tough new punishments for certain types of computer crimes. A virus sender who intends to cause death -- by tying up 911 emergency telephone lines, for example -- could face a life sentence after Nov. 1.

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    Maybe MS-Windows is not ready for the Internet (Score:0)
    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 04, @06:47AM (#1121)
    Could it be instead that MS-Windows is not ready for the Internet?

    All of these recent problems have been due to defective products from one company, largely due to design flaws or production flaws. Some flaws were reported years ago, others just months ago, but all are getting treated like a public relations issue rather than a quality or technology issue. QNX and Netware often have uptimes of years. OpenBSD has had "only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 7 years", so clearly it's possible to make products that are up to the task.

    Granted that software is sold "As Is" and without without even the implied warranty of merchantibility or fitness for a particular purpose, but if a product is seen to be so egregiously unfit for a networked environment, shouldn't truth in advertising [itweb.co.za] or some form of disclosure [ftc.gov] be required?

    Especially now that identity theft is on the rise, using unsuitable products to store personal, medical, or financial data could easily result in gross- or willful-negligence actions.

    At some point the software or claims about the software need to be harmonized and seemingly fraudulent claims about suitability withdrawn.

    Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov

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