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Malware Morons Mostly Off the Hook

A company out of the Czech Republic that may have inadvertently hosted a botnet group got busted -- at least according information gathered by Microsoft forensics. Now the company called Dotfree has agreed to a civil settlement.

The deal calls for Dofree to give up control of all domains and subdomains used by the botnetters. There doesn't appear to be a monetary penalty attached that would cost Dotfree and arm and a leg bone.

Now Dotfree is committed to investigating just what happened so it won't occur again.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/31/2011 at 1:18 PM

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Oct 31, 2011

Why are you being so hard against the "hosting" company. They are no more responsible than the Internet provider that carries the bad doer's messages. It's not magic; even if the hoster can detect abuse (does Linux have this built in ... no), I would say the hoster has no rights to take action on their own. That would be sensorship, or at least stepping on the rights of legitamate customers. Who gave the Hosting supreme control of the Internet? I say this is a law enforcement responsibity, not the host's. Is a hotel held responsible and fined when a guest uses a room for illegal activity ... no.

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