Our law office is exploring the viability of bringing legal action against entities that have spread malware, spyware, viruses and malicious software that can damage personal/business computing systems or interfere in the normal operation of same. Of particular concern is software that can render businesses and individuals vulnerable to a breach of privacy/confidentiality and identity theft.
BleepingComputer has been extremely helpful to those suffering from the plights of malware and viral computer infection and that is why I have ventured to receive the insights of this community and its computer experts.
Ultimately some infections, such as W32.Ramnit, are currently beyond the help of communities such as these. Judicial intervention may help stem the tide of dangers associated with malicious software.
Let's start off with the following question:
Would it be beyond reasonable efforts to ascertain the originating IP for those individuals or entities utilizing malicious software to make unauthorized entry into computer systems?
Any other thoughts?
DISCLAIMER: This office has not instituted any action related to the subject of this posting, nor does this office represent any victim of malicious software at this time. We have not extended any professional legal responsibility to any participant in this discussion and will not do so until an express agreement is signed between attorney and client. The office has not expressly nor impliedly promised any compensation for those contributing to this discussion. Do not rely on any purported advice hereinafter until you consult with counsel.
Edited by Samardin, 16 October 2010 - 06:16 PM.