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Anti-Spam Email Fighters, Spamhaus, Want Fines For Anyone With Unsecured Servers

     
5:12 pm on Nov 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It seems like a great idea, but probably difficult to administer.

Anti-spam outfit, Spamhaus, has called on the UK government to fine those who are running internet infrastructure that could be exploited by criminals.

Spamhaus was hit by what's been described as the "biggest ever" cyber-attack earlier this year.

The fines would be akin to parking tickets, chief information officer of Spamhaus, Richard Cox, told PC Pro. Speaking from the Cyber Security Summit in London, which was attended by members of UK law enforcement and government, Cox said it should be illegal for people to leave servers unsecured, since that would allow crooks to use them as part of their attack infrastructure.
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8:19 pm on Nov 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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in the US there are typically laws against maintaining a "continuing criminal enterprise"...
8:07 am on Nov 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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He only wants this to apply to open DNS servers because those were used to attack Spamhaus, but there are lots of avenues of attack, so why pick just one.

What about other servers?

Why stop at that? Why not fine people who fail to secure their PCs properly and allow them to be used by botnets (or to send spam)?