posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 08:22 AM
I still have my 'Free Kevin' sticker on the bumper of my van.
Personally I couldn't care less about this particular wormer, but the concept of a free, open, and anonymous internet is worth protecting. The idea
that real person has to go to jail (you know, that place where they torture, assault, and rape you) for re-arranging ephemeral 0's and 1's, that's
ludicrous to me.
I think the internet could serve well in the capacity of virtual frontier city, to relieve the pressures of mundane life. The internet could remain
the wild west forever, with some lawmen, bandits, gamblers, whores, layabouts and a piano player.
I think it's highly important that people maintain perspective when sentencing a case like this. It's critical to assess the real damage done, not
just the overblown claims spouted by the insecure sites that were taken advantage of. I think people should be responsible for their own data, and if
they want to be miserly, they deserve to have thiefs knocking on their door. There should be absolute, unfettered freedom of information, and until
that happens, expect no respite from the assaults of the genius juvenile delinquents and code samurai scholars collectively known as hackers.
Corporate espionage is always a problem, that's no reason to take away freedom of information. New medium means a new challenge. If security isn't
up to it, get new security. Every company can try to protect its data, but the ultimate trustee is the human race, and so in the end only the species
entire is entitled to 'exclusive' access. No one human being, no board, no congress, has the authority to say any differently.