I’m surprised that the demise of BlueSecurity actually seems to draw such big circles on the net. The overall sentiment seems to be one of sympathy with the people behind Blue Frog. But writing a tool that spams spammers doesn’t seem like such a smart move to me in the first place. For one, those people are at this job longer and have more experience, and for two, threats of massive DDoS-attacks aren’t particularly novel, either. It is not at all surprising that somebody who makes his living of using cracked computers to send out mail in ways that often is illlegal in most jurisdictions would start to retaliate. Standing up and complaining about how completely amoral these people are is … pointless. We knew that they are all along.
What I find more surprising is that there still is so very little pressure to finally get those bot nets squashed. ISPs, law enforcement, politics—that’s where they need to jump. They need to get pressure on Microsoft to make botnets not something as easily established. They ISPs need to get their act together to better deal with infected machines on residential links. Block connections to the irc servers the botnets connect to. Get people informed on what their PC is up to. Why does the world have to live with all those hundreds of thousands of machines that their owners can’t really operate well enough and are now sending out junk like mad?
[tags]BlueSecurity, Spam, Internet Security, Internet Policy[/tags]