Vigilante Justice on the Digital Frontier
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7/16/2014 | 10:16:22 AM
Re: Vigilante Justice Catching Innocent Bystanders/Business in the digital age
This is a fascinating account of how a business can be dragged into a server shutdown if accused of harboring malware. I can understand how there would be zero tolerance for malware, but on the otherhand this can exact a heavy toll on customers relying on the business whose servers are temporarily shutdown.

With the growing use of managed services in financial markets, many securities and investments firms rely on hosted applications. I am curious if the scenario of policing malware in the digital ages comes up in these agreements. Would the hosting servces shut down an application for live trading or risk management if they detected malware?
Becca L
Becca L,
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 12:55:26 AM
Re: Vigilante Justice Catching Innocent Bystanders/Business in the digital age
Thanks for sharing, Wayne. This is an interesting problem we don't hear about too often. Thee consequences are clearly significant, and it's interesting to see hosting sites take matters into their own hands to protect their business.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/15/2014 | 6:56:04 PM
Vigilante Justice Catching Innocent Bystanders/Business in the digital age
My wife and I both were caught a number of years ago in this very same situation where the hosting company was complete taken down along with a bunch of us innocent business and our web sites.  They did eventually come back up but it took several days and the potential losses were bad enough that we moved to a new hosting company.  The reason they taken down was the abuse being reported by a couple of web sites they had been hosting again unbeknownst to the hosting service provider.

Just wanted to say that happened in the early 2000s and since we moved we have had no problems other than technical with our hosting service.



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