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14 March 2009

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The BBC, with taking on such a pursuit to educate the unknowing public, with the risks and conraversy involved has done good for the greater public.

Some may argue what they did is irresponsible or illegal. The BBC has reported they consulted lawyers before engaging in this project.

"no doubt, but money going into the pockets of an anonymous criminal" Take a look at the other side. While the botnet was legitimately being used by the BBC, it was tied up so illegal acts could not be carried out with it.

"I don't dispute that, but that doesn't justify the way in which Click went about it"
- How else would you have them to go about educating such a real world attack?
This is just as ridiculous as John Pescatore comments making an analogy of arsonist.

If only the BBC could have disinfected the hosts used in the botnet.

And what about hardware and software developers responsibility on security? There are many PC and Internet users that will never be able to learn how to secure their equipment (i.e., elder people).

Regards

Jason, I've suggested (as have many others) a number of ways in which the BBC could have made their point at least as effectively. No-one is complaining about they're airing the issue, but a publicly funded corporation should not assume that it's above the law and its own guidelines. I'd like to see some reasoned argument as to why it was in the public interest for the Beeb to break the law: what did they achieve that they couldn't have achieved using strictly legal means? NB: a sensationalist story isn't justification in itself.

Deincognito, as a fairly elderly person myself, I'm not sure how the botnet problem suddenly became sole responsibility of the IT industry. Don't the criminals, end users and the media have any responsibility.

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