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A tale of life-giving machine intelligence, or who is to blame for the virus infestation?

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As a follow-up to the old post about DDoS and Internet goons (http://habrahabr.ru/blogs/infosecurity/68131/) and the recent one about the terrible Russian legislation (http://habrahabr.ru/blogs/it-politics/71317/), I suggest playing the following hypothetical situation.
Those who are too lazy to read the sheet about "hypothetical situations" can go straight to the conclusions.
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Suppose that the unscrupulous owner of an online store, Ivanov, decided to engage in an unfair competition with his competitors. To do this he ordered a virus to the corrupt programmer Petrov. This virus does not do anything bad to the user personally, but makes fictitious purchases from Ivanov’s competitors every month. Competitors bring home "buyers" products, and they say: "Oh, my mistake, someone played a trick on you. I didn’t buy anything."
The competitors, of course, suffer losses. They now have to demand a telephone number, and call every customer. There are delays in delivery – after all, if you don’t get through to the customer, you can’t send the car to the warehouse. Ivanov’s store for the same prices has the advantage of simplicity and speed, because the few living "jokers" Ivanov finds (thanks to well-coordinated work of the department "K") and demands reimbursement from them.
And who will K-Division find for Ivanov’s competitors? Mariyvanna, the cashier at the circus, who put an infected solitaire on her work computer. What’s in it for her? – Online store, you say? Right on the Internet? What Internet? Oh, that’s Yandex… No, I didn’t buy anything at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday. I was in the smoking room at the time – there’s a witness cage full of them.
Let us now assume that through Maryivanna, the "K" department got in touch with Ivanov and Petrov (yes, I am aware that I take bread from Andersen and Hoffman). Ivanov, by the way, is likely to get rid of it – I did not order a virus, but a marketing web-double-zero solution, and I do not distinguish the viral nature from viral advertising. I have no technical education… But Petrov is waiting in jail – for illegal intrusion into other people’s computer systems.
Will Petrov’s arrest cause him to stop "illegally infiltrating" users’ computers? No, it won’t – the virus will continue to wander on the Internet. It turns out that in terms of legislation, Petrov was reincarnated as a malicious machine mind walking around the net separately from Petrov’s body. I wonder, if while Petrov is already in prison, his virus destroys data in the FSB network, will Petrov get a sentence added to his sentence? A new crime, a recidivism, after all!
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What am I talking about? Here’s what I’m talking about:
1. Judging and imprisoning virus writers for writing a virus is illogical and useless. It’s like trying Dontsova for preparing domestic murders.
2. it’s also stupid to judge hackers for writing hacking algorithms. "Software designed to commit illegal actions" is most often written not to commit those very actions at all, but to post on your site and get pluses in your karma or their counterparts.
If we continue to allow users to fend off justice by saying "I didn’t know I had a virus on my computer, " then in the long run this irresponsibility will turn into total control. There will be a legal requirement to install a "Chinese firewall" or its equivalent on every computer.
4. Users whose computers make up a botnet should be treated like torrent users. First time – warning, second time – disconnection from Internet for a year. Dixi.

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