September 13, 2005
Dear CNET members,
I'm popping off a drink and celebrating! Why? Because of the arrests of two individuals in connection with authoring the recent Zotob/Rbot worms. As a bonus, the investigation that led to these arrests also discovered three groups of virus writers, a stolen credit card network, and couple of botnet creators. Hoorah! I really wish the authorities didn't discover these groups out of luck. I know my celebration is limited to one measly drink because these scumbags--uh, I mean, virus authors--come a dime a dozen. Do you think the authorities are putting enough effort into deterring and catching these cybercriminals? What about punishments for the convicted offenders; are they sufficient or an ongoing joke in terms of leniency? Before you tell us what you think, read Senior Editor Rob Vamosi's latest article, "A virtual den of thieves," and share with us whether you feel more confident that progress is being made in the war against cybercrime. TalkBack here.
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Does the recent arrest of Zotob/Rbot virus writers make you feel more confident that progress is being made in the war against cybercrime? After reading the latest Security Watch column by Senior Editor Rob Vamosi, you had plenty of interesting opinions to share.
Looking for virtual exterminators
CNET member gevantry likens cybercrime syndicates to termites. While one colony can be wiped out, it has little effect on the overall system.
Read gevantry's full post in CNET TalkBack
Winning the war
Many of our members are skeptical that this arrest will reduce the number of viruses on the Web. However, member Michael00360 is optimistic that progress is being made.
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Investigation methods exposed
CNET member jevenew is concerned about the details revealed from the investigation and arrests. He worries that criminals will learn how to avoid getting caught in the future.
Read jevenew's full post in CNET TalkBack
Can cybercrime groups be stopped for good, or will they continue to wreak havoc on systems around the world? Read "A virtual den of thieves," then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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