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Microsoft Stormtroopers

By Gary R, in , posted: 22-Mar-2006 08:56

So what do we all think of MS assisting Interpol to catch phishers and other cyber criminals. Is MS stepping over the boundary here? Are we going to see MS developing a global security force with arm bands and black uniforms? Seriously, it is like Ford or GM helping Police catch drunk or dangerous drivers and then Ford or GM filing a lawsuit against that driver.


My problem is that essentially a corporation is taking law enforcement into its own hands. There has to be checks and balances, who is policing MS? The old saying 'give an inch and they take a mile' becomes very relevant as MS could become very integral in 'making the internet a safer place' which is in itself a form of censorship and a violation of freedom.


If people are stupid enough to be caught out in a phishing scam maybe they deserve to be ripped off. After all there are plenty of dodgy investment schemes out there that people get sucked into, look at the Nigeria scams.


I question why the Internet should be any different to real world? It does give me warm fuzzies to think MS are going to create this utopian on-line society where everything is beautiful and all people love one another. While out in the real world an innocent person gets shot in the back of the head for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Watch out Linux users you may all be rounded up and sent to 'holiday camps'.


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Comment by cokemaster, on 22-Mar-2006 09:12

To their credit, various anti-MS people have compared Gates to the Emperior from Starwars... photo as well. Perhaps its everything falling into place ? (This post was made in jest)


Comment by dukster, on 22-Mar-2006 10:41

? I don't quite understand the bit about taking law into its own hands. As I understand it, MSFT is filing lawsuits against alleged phishers, including many which are emulating MSFT websites such as hotmail. To me, this is a knee jerk reaction to MSFT's dominant business position. I don't have the fuzzies for MSFT, but this post aptly reflects the poster's handle...


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