Symantec Wants To Outlaw Publishing Virus Information
from the want-to-keep-it-all-to-themselves dept
Among the strategies discussed at a Congressional session on how to prevent viruses and worms from becoming a growing problem (something that is only going to get worse), the head of anti-virus firm Symantec came up with a somewhat backwards solution. He says it should be illegal to post any information about how to create a virus or a worm. In other words, make information less available. It's a classic "security through obscurity" plan that can't work. Fighting these things takes information. Locking down information doesn't mean that it won't spread, but that it will be spread underground. Thus, we'll be less safe, because we won't be nearly as aware of what the threats are.