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Re: IBM report reviews Internet crime
- From: Mark Radabaugh
- Date: Wed Feb 13 18:37:14 2008
JC Dill wrote:
I'm really surprised that ISPs haven't banded together to sue
Microsoft for negligently selling and distributing an insecure OS that
is an Attractive Nuisance - causing the ISPs (who don't own the OS
infected computers) harm from the network traffic the infected OSs
send, and causing them untold support dollars to handle the problem.
If every big ISP joined a class action lawsuit to force Microsoft to
pay up for the time ISPs spend fixing viruses on Windows computer,
Microsoft would get a LOT more proactive about solving this problem
directly. The consumers have no redress against MS because of the
EULA, but this doesn't extend to other computer owners (e.g. ISPs) who
didn't agree to the EULA on the infected machine but who are impacted
by the infection.
I think I would rather see a class action against Symantec for the
hundreds of hours ISP's waste fixing customers mail server settings that
Symantec sees fit to screw up with every update. We can always tell
when they have pushed a major update - hundreds of calls from mail users
who can no longer send mail.
It's 2008. How bloody hard is it to notice that the mail server SMTP
port is 587 and authentication is turned on? Why do they mess with it?