When a crime is committed it’s the criminal that is responsible. But some in Congress think that since capturing cyber-criminals is challenging we should hold online services accountable. That’s like holding Ford accountable for making the car a bank-robber uses.
But that didn’t stop the attempts by Sen. McCain to assign false blame at today’s Senate hearing on a threat to consumers called “malvertisements” — when a cyber-criminal injects malware into an online ad and then misleads an ad network into displaying the contaminated ad.
I appreciated the shift in focus from privacy to security as threats to consumers’ security pose real harms. Unfortunately, the hearing was more about trying to assign liability rather than talking about catching the criminal perpetrators of this new form of malware. Read more