Re: [funsec] McColo: Major Source of Online Scams and Spams Knocked Offline (fwd)

From: Rich Kulawiec (no email)
Date: Thu Nov 13 2008 - 08:27:40 EST

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    On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 11:30:45AM -0600, Kee Hinckley wrote:
    > The article expressed a good deal of frustration with the (lack of)
    > speed with which law enforcement has been tackling these issues.

    Law enforcement is almost a complete non-factor in dealing with
    online abuse.

    Action is erratic, slow and incompetent at best; it tends to only happen
    when one of four things is true: (a) someone's running for office
    (b) positive PR is needed (c) a government has been publicly embarrrassed and
    needs a scapegoat or (d) someone with sufficient political connections,
    money, and/or power wants it. And even when it happens, it's ineffective:
    for example, token prosecutions of spammers have done nothing to make
    the spam problem any better. Multiple spyware vendors have settled
    their cases for pitifully small sums and then gone right back to work.

    But even if that weren't true, even if law enforcement worldwide had
    adequate staff, resources, training, clue, etc. to attempt something
    useful -- the necessary legal framework really doesn't exist. Abusers
    can dissolve their shadow companies, form new ones, relocate (possibly
    across international borders), modify their tactics, etc.

    Peer-to-peer action continues to be the best available option -- one
    that needs to be exercised far more often.


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