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At the rate of attacks, at some point, Outlook 
will be the most secure and virus resistant client 

I didn't say the open source community is the culprit unless 
of course you want to include virus code file swapping as a form 
of open source; I said the same environment breeds it. 
That is how Klez became as sophisticated as it is.  
Like Linux, lots of people hack the same code.  It is 
an outlaw community but it lives in the same neighborhood.
Because such communities seem to be epidemic, the whole 
web is taking the hit from the standpoint of considering 
moving vital computing resources onto the web.  It simply 
isn't safe.

So why does Outlook continue to be the target?  If MS did release 
the Outlook source, would the open source community work to 
secure it or go on bashing MS, and in some cases, use that 
knowledge to create meaner more robust viruses?  Is all the 
MS bashing symptomatic of a culture that encourages the criminals?

Blaming MS for the actions of hacker virus writers is making a criminal 
out of the victims.  Telling them how to fix the security holes 
helps everyone but the virus writers.  


From: Dennis Sosnoski [mailto:dms@sosnoski.com]

I guess you've never heard of the "attractive nuisance" laws. They're 
what require (e.g.) swimming pool owners to put up fences so that 
neighborhood children won't be tempted to dive in uninvited. There're 
also product liability laws that prevent shoddy workmanship in physical 
goods sold to customers, but so far software companies have managed to 
avoid getting those applied to software.

In any case, MS is *not* the crime victim. The victims are their 
customers. And to suggest that the open source community is the culprit 
is so far out in left field that I won't even dignify it with a response.


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