McColo takedown: Internet self policing or vigilantism

Similar doubts were expressed even in the Post 's story about the McColo takedown that the newspaper itself had helped trigger. According to the Post , the extent to which McColo could be held legally responsible for the activities of its hosted clients is unclear. There also is no evidence that McColo has ever been charged with any crimes, the newspaper reported.

Renesys' Zmijewski said he's surprised by the apparent lack of action on the part of US law enforcement agencies to curb either McColo or Intercage. "It's not like these companies were in the middle of nowhere," he said, adding that many of the activities carried out on their systems were clearly illegal.

Invoking the rule of law would be preferable to having private groups initiate their own policing efforts, Zmijewski said. But he noted that with law enforcement not getting involved, it's no surprise that people have begun "taking matters into their own hands." For now, he said, "this perhaps is the only option."

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