An anonymous reader writes: This might seem silly, but given the proliferation of botnets which are being used for financial gain and identity theft and things that are obviously Crimes, why don't We the People stop them? Why aren't people writing and distributing viruses, trojans and worms which take advantage of the same holes that botnet operators take advantage of but which (a) close the holes and (b) break up the botnet? It's clear vendors can't be relied upon to patch holes and the safety and security of the internet seems to be at stake. So will we lose the net to organized crime, or is the age of ethical hackers, digital vigilantes, going to dawn?
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