I know you hate G, but knee-jerk support for anyone opposed to them just puts you on the side of real criminals in this case.
Wow, just wow! Maybe Google should ban the entire Nigerian domains /email along with the Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Romanian or whatever. If you say no, you must be on the side of real criminals in this case because many scams /scam site are based there. Like that logic now?
And it's not knee-jerk, it's based on principles. I was and I'm against Blekko as well that banned 1 million domains, just like that, in one shot. This is a horrible precedent, no matter how you spin it, especially with a SE with this much market share.
More than just criminals had sites there: [google.com
...] and it's for more than malware. Read it from Matt Cutts:
"if we see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost be spammy or low-quality, we do reserve the right to take action on the freehost as a whole."
Edit: Someone suggested doing a "student site:co.cc" on yahoo, apparently it was quite popular with students, student groups and even certain third world country schools. Watch out .info domain owners :)
And I don't 'hate Google,' I hate the Taliban and the likes :). I use plenty of Google services every single day and make decent money with adsense and with traffic from Google.
But, yeah I am not a big fan of Panda and how it was handled.