Do Virus Writers Deserve Jailtime?
from the not-quite-the-argument... dept
An interesting “devil’s advocate” piece is trying to question whether or not virus writer’s deserve jailtime, but sort of wanders off, and focuses the discussion on the fact that the computer networks we’ve designed basically invite viruses. In other words, the suggestion is that, rather than punishing virus writers, we should be focusing our efforts on building networks that aren’t quite as susceptible to virus attacks. It’s a nice thought, but it’s not clear how fixing networks and punishing virus writers are mutually exclusive ideas. They can certainly happen in tandem. Of course, whether or not that punishment should involve being sent to jail is an entirely different question.