Should Software Providers Be Responsible For Viruses Or Security Breaks?
from the two-sides... dept
I’ve been hearing more and more people say that companies like Microsoft should be held liable for their crappy software. The fact that their security sucks and it’s easy to create crippling viruses for Microsoft should make Microsoft responsible for providing a fix. David Coursey tries to argue the other side of this coin in his latest column. He makes the analogy that this is the equivalent of blaming the people who built your house if someone breaks in and shoots you. You can only make a system so secure – and the real blame lies on the people who broke in, wrote the virus, etc. There are some good points in there, and I might agree a bit more if most people were forced to live in insecure houses built by a single company who did as much as possible to make sure you had no choice in who built your house. Yes, ultimately, the hackers or virus writers or whoever who did bad things to your system deserve the ultimate blame. But, Microsoft still has a responsibility to build software that is as secure as they imply it is to their customers.