Hit spyware by punishing purveyors, experts say

With spyware a continuing plague for many computer users, some experts and IT workers are calling for stiffer penalties including jail time for convicted spyware purveyors.

At a panel discussion yesterday during the Black Hat security conference here, speakers said that antispyware vendors are losing the fight against spyware creators, making more drastic measures necessary.

"It's not technically feasible to stop spyware," said Dan Kaminsky, an independent security consultant. "Think of the millions of PCs that have either been put away for good, sent away for service or replaced because of spyware infections. That is probably hundreds of millions or billions of dollars worth of damage. Yet no one has gone to jail; no one has been sued." Black Hat: Hit spyware by punishing purveyors, experts say

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 4th August 2006 2:38AM