Police Team Up With Guardian Angels Of The Net

from the defenders-of-the-net dept

Although politicians some times like to talk tough about cracking down on cyber-crime, there's little question that for the most part, law enforcement has been ineffective at doing much about it. There are all kinds impediments facing law enforcement bodies, such as jurisdictional issues and matters of scale (investigating and prosecuting an individual is an expensive, arduous task, while it's only getting cheaper and easier to launch attacks). The alternative, then, to traditional law enforcement is cyber-vigilantism. That was the idea behind Blue Security, a company whose strategy, some argued, amounted to launching denial-of-service attacks against spammers. Of course, Blue Security ultimately lost the battle, when, last summer, it came under a denial-of-service attack of its own launched by vengeful spammers. Increasingly, law enforcement is looking at a blended approach that combines legal methods alongside cyber-vigilantism. In London, the police have been joining up with such groups, although it's taking a cautious approach. The police, of course, want to be sure it's only allying with groups operating completely within the letter of the law, and its wary that wars between attackers and vigilantes could result in collateral damage to the networks that play the role of battleground. Still, it seems likely that such cooperation will continue. The traditional methods of the police force clearly seem inadequate, while the vigilantes should be able to benefit from a cloak of legitimacy that the police force can provide. The key will be in developing tools and practices to make the partnerships useful.

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    shimon, 19 Jan 2007 @ 7:42am

    just have'em shutdown .period

    there is no spammer in this world not connected to a backbone, or some sort of DNS server , so they can be tracked ans shut down, period, the longer it takes for them to operate, the harder will be to track and shut down, but as long as they got "legal" cover as add selling company, they can spam the hell outta the net undisturbed

    well let's all make a contract and send millions of mails out too wherever we find e-mails then this add selling business will go down, e-mail will become obsolete and who knows, net traffic will become impossible

    but that's just what's happening already, i think here i can blame some large ISP's for providing free access to smtp services without quota (msg/day/MB) but this will kinda shut down all interest for a e-mail, who , imo has become obsolete, just use a chat program, drag/drop on person u want to send text/picture/application and let pc send-it when person becomes available and accepts-it... but this is just theory :)

    so no more unwanted messages, just a message service, hey this person (real name id) wants to send you this including this attachment, do u want to accept, then no more mail servers needed, just some social net option, like kind of a telephone, but u can accept or not , before is getting sent to you, so spammer can't transmit nothing, but request for acceptance, and you get only whatever you need and want, list of off-line messages from people you know, or , if you want some from people you don't know, plus a few licensed add vendors, who can sell adds to social nets to display if you opt for (let's say this social net should have like a 1-2 $/month fee so they can hold service without you getting bugged by advertisers/spam/unwanted adds /etc....

    and i think that should be the new aim for future messaging/mailing/ except maybe for internal corporate mail servers, running free inside private lan's

    peek-a boo, no spam here :)

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