UK Looks To Make Denial Of Service Attacks Illegal -- But Does It Go Too Far?

from the about-time dept

Last year, we noted that denial of service attacks apparently were not illegal in the UK, based on current law. While some have tried to convince the courts that such attacks really were illegal, most seemed to realize that the current computer crimes law was inadequate to cover more modern-day threats. Along come politicians to the rescue, with a new bill designed to make all sorts of new computer crimes illegal. However, as with other times that politicians try to deal with new computer ills, it seems like the new law could go a bit too far. Among the provisions is that it would be illegal to "make or supply hacking tools" which seems a bit broad, as this would appear to include all sorts of legitimate tools that security researchers use to bypass security systems or crack passwords. It's great that updates are being made to the existing law, but politicians should be careful that they don't go too far in the other direction, outlawing plenty of perfectly reasonable activities.

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    Andy, 7 Mar 2006 @ 9:14am

    Re: Re - Giafly

    Yes, it would require the commission of a crime, but this protects no-one from the consequences of such a crime being committed. I use nmap routinely to check the internal and external security of my servers. Fyodor (the creator of nmap) would be as aware as anyone that every penetration testing tool can be used for testing, or as a live tool for use in reconnaissance for malicious purposes.
    Therefore, as this bill appears to be worded, Fyodor is 'guilty' of knowing that some people will use his tool for ill and some for good.
    New Labour insanity, like every half-baked piece of so-called legislation they introduce for the sake of a headline...

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