Re: [NEWS] Hacker code could unleash Windows worm

From: Mike (NoSpam_at_NoSpam.net)
Date: 07/29/03


Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 08:05:54 -0400

On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 12:50:06 -0700, Neb Revod
<spammers.biteme@flatline.com> wrote:

>In article <I58Va.526$XV7.442982423@newssvr12.news.prodigy.com>,
>alun@texis.com says...
>> In article <MPG.198e6981fafd09f2989727@pdx.news.speakeasy.net>, Neb Revod
>> <spammers.biteme@flatline.com> wrote:
>> >You called it, spot on, my friend. The IDS has logged a huge spike in
>> >attempts at ports 445 and 139 since early yesterday.
>> >
>> >I've been away from the mainstream media for the last couple of days, so
>> >I won't be surprised to hear that its flooded with "the sky is falling"
>> >reporting.
>>
>> Oh-so-balanced an observation on the hysterical basis of our current media
>> choices, followed by a hysterical note of your own:
>>
>> >It ought to be some kind of crime, albeit a minor one perhaps, to
>> >operate a system that still has these vulnerabilities.
>>
>> More appropriate would be to make it a crime to connect to the Internet
>> without a firewall.
>
>Fair enough, though I hardly feel like my comment qualifies as
>hysterical. I firmly believe that the irresponsibility of operating an
>unsercured system connected to the net borders on criminal.

Is leaving your house unlocked a criminal act?

Instead of punishing the innocents, why not go after those who are
breaking into systems and stealing the system resources?