A legal fix for software flaws?

Thursday, 28 August 2003, 12:43 PM EST

Thomas Leavitt, a system administrator and veteran of three Silicon Valley start-ups, has dealt with computer worms and viruses before. But the severity of last week’s Sobig.F and MSBlast.D attacks got him thinking harder than ever about a cure. Finding and punishing their anonymous authors would be a start. But shouldn’t Microsoft also be partly to blame?

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