Breeding Internet Superbugs

In the waning days of calendar year 2004, I watched some friends as they happily killed off some "botnets", and then pondered the usefulness of this (if any). A "botnet" is a collection of stolen computers, whose owners are still using them. Botnets are useful for sending spam and receiving stolen credit card numbers and all kinds of other things a bad guy wouldn't want to get caught using his or her own computers for. So, why isn't killing "botnets" an unrestricted good idea? Here's what I said about it on 30-December-2004:

Security and Other Technical Concerns Raised by the DNS Filtering Requirements in the PROTECT IP Bill

This paper describes technical problems raised by the DNS filtering requirements in the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 ("PROTECT IP Act"). Its authors come from the technical, operational, academic, and research communities.

On Free Speech and the Rule of Law

In the past few weeks a lot of people have been forcibly denying Internet service to a lot of other people for political reasons that each attacker thinks are valid. I don't think there's any possible moral justification for this behaviour and I'd like to offer some reasons why both sides ought to cut it out. So if you're pro-Wikileaks and think anyone who won't provide them services is evil, or if you're anti-Wikileaks and you think that anyone who will provide them services is evil, and if you're participating in denial of service attacks on either basis, please listen.

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