UK Asks High Court To Review Whether Denial Of Service Attacks Are Legal
from the why-not-just-change-the-law? dept
Back in November we wrote about a court finding saying that denial of service attacks in the UK do not violate that country’s Computer Misuse Act because a DoS attack doesn’t involve “unauthorized access.” We figured that this would make politicians leap into action and change the law, but that doesn’t seem to be happening just yet. Instead, the Crown Prosecution Service is looking to appeal the judge’s interpretation of the law, and ask the High Court to simply say that the CMA does cover denial of service attacks, even if it doesn’t actually appear to from the text of the law.
Comments on “UK Asks High Court To Review Whether Denial Of Service Attacks Are Legal”
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Just a thought… So if Tech dirt or /.’ers pound some poor site with interesting breaking news/info, thats not realy an “attack” on thier server… it seems its a good thing to have sooo many hits it slows your server to a halt. Although if one had a big enough audiuance they could probably use it as an attack.
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Except I think by definition a DOS attack comes from a single (or a few) sources – a /. bomb isn’t an attack in that it’s totally distributed and not malicious. A ping flood from a couple of university campuses, by comparison, most definitely is.
DDOS the High Court!
Perhaps a well-placed DDOS launched against the High Court for a few days might convince them it’s a problem, hmmm?
Seems like DOS attacks, like most other supposed computer crimes could be handled by other existing laws, without the internet being given any special treatment.
I don’t know much about law, but wouldn’t there be something more generic in place that makes it illegal to intentionally cause financial loss?
Re: Other laws?
Do you happen to work for the recording industry?
Should I not be allowed to open a business next to yours, provide better service, and steal all your customers? It is intentional, and it would certainly cause you to have a financial loss.
Re: Other laws?
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