FBI Sets Legal Precedent in Botnet Sting

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aarcane

I'm all for notifying infected victims and seizing systems that are clearly used to compromise security like that.  the only grey area I see is what if it's a legitimate server that's been hacked in the future?  should they be able to close down a legitimate business in the process?  I think there does need to be a little common sense and damage controll involved in the process, but in general it gets my green seal of approval.

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KenLV

“the only grey area I see is what if it's a legitimate server that's been hacked in the future?  should they be able to close down a legitimate business in the process?”

Think of it this way, if you legally own a gun, or a car, or just about anything, but someone takes that item (with or without your permission) and uses it to commit a crime – or MANY crimes, don’t the authorities have a right, nay and OBLIGATION to wrest control of that item from the perpetrator of the crime?  I say yes.  I would then expect them to return it to the proper owner.

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Marthian

one of the few times I will ever be ok with the government being involved with the internet. *was not a victim though, so didn't affect me.*

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