Turns Out Email Bombing Your Old Boss In The UK Will Get You A Slap On The Wrist
from the stay-home dept
A year ago, we pointed to the case of a teenager in the UK, who email-bombed his ex-employer, taking down the company's servers. The interesting part was that the court let him go, noting that it didn't appear that denial of service-type attacks were actually illegal under the law. This created a bit of a frenzy over in the UK, with higher courts being asked to review the case and politicians rushing frantically to change the law, perhaps going too far in the process. Back in May, the higher court felt that the lower one was wrong and that such attacks actually were illegal, so the lower court needed to revisit its original decision. They've done so today, and it becomes clear that they still don't think email-bombing is that big of a deal. The teen has been sentenced to two months of a curfew, which the judge made sure was timed so it wouldn't interfere with his work, and would end right before he went off to school. Basically, the kid needs to be at home after 12:30am each day -- which doesn't seem particularly onerous.