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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    Greg, 7 Mar 2006 @ 1:24am

    No more laws, please

    The issue with this is that over time, technologists find solutions to the emerging problems rather more quickly than the law can keep up. Moreover, parliamentary draftsmen find it hard enough to handle the complexity of company law or land law, never mind the inner working of networks, processors and protocols.

    This is an area best left alone by the politicians. By the time they get a law through, the world has moved on enough to render it obselete. At best it gives us laws that are irrelevant. At worst, we end up having to jump through legal hoops to do legitimate stuff, whilst the bad guys are playing in whole new areas.

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