I ran across this article today discussing how people should be criminally prosecuted or at least have internet privileges taken away for propagating malware. I really have no idea if this guy is supposed to be an expert or really has no clue how malware works, but frankly this means almost every man woman and child should be in jail or at least be unable to use the Internet. That means 1MM users who got hit with Samy and another 1MM or so from MyYearBook.com worm should be off the net forever (some might actually agree those users aren’t doing much for the progress of the Internet, but I disagree).
I’m not sure why people still think killing off the dumb will change security on the Internet. It’s not the dumb people that are causing these issues, it’s the security of the websites and the browsers that us smart people are in charge of! Granted, we are less likely to propagate those viruses, and we are quicker to shut them down, but we have to stop blaming our consumers for our own inability to solve complex computer security problems. I just really don’t see putting victims behind bars or fining them solving the issue. That’s like putting a burglar in jail but keeping your window open. How does that solve your problem of the fact your house is still trivial to get into? Anyway, I’ll get off my soap-box now.