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Why Does Microsoft Always Get A Free Pass? Why Does Big Business Reek So Badly?

Dec 04, 2008, 07:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Another story that hit my grumpy button is Growth in Internet crime calls for growth in punishment, in which Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure's Chief Research Officer, calls for an "Internetpol" to deal with online crime. We wouldn't need an Internetpol if the so-called security companies would acquire some honesty and backbone and do their jobs. Instead they have this unhealthy dependence on the grand champion of enablers of Internet crime, Microsoft, and other big corporations. Want to get rid of 95% of online crime overnight? Banish every last Microsoft PC from the Internet, which will wipe out all the tens of thousands of Windows-powered botnets, and leave all those Internet crime rings high and dry, and without an easy way to get back in business.

"You think I'm being mean to poor old F-Secure? You might recall how they gave Sony a free pass on their CD rootkit--F-Secure knew about it for a month before Mark Russinovich broke the story. If it were some foreign kid instead of a big corporation, you can bet they would have been all over it. To this day they soft-pedal it, and so do the other security vendors:"

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