fathom - 10:19 am on Apr 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
This may not be illegal - i.e. it's not a crime against the state and the government won't prosecute you, but surely it is on a par with a smear campaign or libel and is improper business practice, and if found out you will be sued by your competitor.
Anyone with an ounce of law knowledge please confirm either way.
White collar crime is an odd beast.
A BS example just to show the potential.
Neg SEO cannot even be remotely achieved without abusing the services of many, many others. So let us say I came here to WebmasterWorld and found a way to add a massive amount of links to a competitor... and then did the same thing to a dozen other places.
I got you penalized as a direct result of WebmasterWorld ... whether they have direct knowledge of a crime or not - that can be seen as collusion between the neg SEO and WebmasterWorld to harm another.
When you include all the other businesses the neg SEO company must implicate in a manipulation scheme (including Google) to produce the desirable result... that is a conspiracy.
I am 100% sure none of these implicated firms would desire going down for the unjust enrichment of the Neg SEO (or their customer)... and all would likely cooperate with authorities.