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Hijackers, against the law?


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Major_Catastrophe

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A question about Hijackers. Is this not thief by deception? Thus making it against the law? I do realize that enforcement would be next to impossible, but that being said, theirs an old rule of detective work. Follow the money?
Theses Hijackers advertise many other sites, and these sites PAY to be on the new "Homepage", is this not true? Who are these companies paying?
And are these companies aware of how their advertising dollars are being spent? (basically to annoy Internet users?) And, also, These so called programmers have to use an I.S.P. do THEY know how the connection is being used? Seems to me, these are avenue's that could be looked at.
Please feel free to comment. Anyone that might know about this?

Edited by Major_Catastrophe, 25 July 2005 - 08:12 PM.

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To briefly answer your original question. YES it SHOULD be illegal. But as you stated how could we enforce a law such as that? Most services for hosting servers don't really care what the servers are *serving up* so to speak, just as long as the company providing the server bank is getting their monthly money. Besides most of these companies are on a T-1 or faster connection, thats about where the money comes into play, a T-1 connection costs anywhere from 500 to 1000/month. Now the server bank is on an even faster connection such as T-3 which is 4000 to 15000/month. Thats still low end though lets say that the server bank is on a dedicated OC24 connection (1.244 GPS) that cost is over 100,000 /month, bad part is there are faster connections than that, that are even more expensive, so most of theses server banks do not care what their servers are dishing up.

Edited by phybyr0ptyk, 25 July 2005 - 09:07 PM.

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Agree about the Connection issue, comes right down to it, money
talks, lol. however, that was almost an after thought. The primary
would be, CAN these "programmers"(and i use that term loosely) be
open to any prosecution. Would seem to me, that tracking them would
be a bit more easy then may have been thought of. Old rule of good
detective work "Follow the money"
It's not like the poor sick people the write all the viruses (which
seems to me, to mostly be done out of hate, anger, or just plain
don't have a life? lol) They do there damage, and disappear back into
the woodwork, like termites. BUT, these programmers do it for money,
and where their a fair amount of money being spent, there would be a
"paper trail"
All the homepage and desktop hijackers, along with spy-ware,
trackers, and probably a few other problems I do not yet know about.
These are done mostly for financial gain. They get paid to aggravate
us with this unwanted trash. I've seen, but not really looked into,
sites that claim they can increase the traffic to a person or
companies website(for a small fee of course) THESE almost smell of
the pests that 99.9% of us can't stand(although not proven, in the
event I'm not 100% correct)
I would not go as far as to "Convict" ALL people and companies that
advertise on these sites, as some may not be aware of how their
advertising dollars are being spent, buy logic would dictate this to
be a good place to start hunting these so called programmers down,
and dealing with them where the laws permit

Edited by Major_Catastrophe, 26 July 2005 - 07:34 AM.

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