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May 27, 2004
Speaking of Justice...

I hope the previous post made it clear: I am all in favor of extremely harsh sentencing for "cyber criminals," by which I mean "those who would damage or destroy our information infrastructure, and those who would use it to cause harm to people or organizations" (not "androids sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor.")

At long last, via James Joyner, we find a plan that makes sense:

If we execute murderers, why don't we execute the people who write computer worms? It would probably be a better investment.
Hear, hear.

Write a virus, maliciously crack a server, defraud people via e-mail, initiate a denial-of-service attack, spam thousands or millions of mailboxes... it's all the same to me.

I'd take a big tall tree and a short piece of rope
I'd hang 'em up high and let 'em swing 'til the sun goes down
(Charlie Daniels, "Simple Man")

Once upon a time, hanging was a reasonable and prudent punishment for all manner of crimes. We've become more lenient over the years; I don't see how it's helped.

Posted by Russ at 11:07 PM, May 27, 2004 in Geekery

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Not to mention that hanhing is cheaper than bullets.

Posted by: The Sicilian at May 28, 2004 01:45 PM

Hanging...I swear I'm literate.

Posted by: The Sicilian at May 28, 2004 01:46 PM

Wire the bastard to a terminal connected to a B+ source range of 1 - 20KV, with his toe in a toilet. B+ to be controlled by a digital rheostat wired to a spam counter.

Posted by: Stephen at May 28, 2004 03:10 PM