Did The BBC Break The Law By Exposing Botnets?

from the but-we-didn't-mean-any-harm dept

A TV show on the BBC is highlighting the ongoing problem of botnets -- by acquiring one of its own and using other people's computers in it to mount a DDOS attack on a security company's web site. The BBC says it had the security company's approval to do so, and that it didn't have any criminal intent, making its action legal. But some people aren't so sure, and say that intent doesn't offer a way out under British computer law. A tech lawyer says it's unlikely the broadcaster will face prosecution because there wasn't any real harm done, but those whose computers were used in the attack might disagree and view the methods used to make a point about computer security as a bit extreme.

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    PhilSB, 13 Mar 2009 @ 3:25am

    BBC BotNet

    Certainly good investigative journalism. To many people have their computer and or wireless networks wide open to attack.

    What many UK PC users do not understand properly, is the level of risk they have exposed themselves to. When you get caught up in one of these botnet's they don't just take remote control of the computer, they quite often also have additional payloads, install keyloggers, and so much more. It would be easy to fit up a person for any number of criminal acts, without them even knowing, how they downloaded pornography, terrorist info, Infiltrate their bank account and or Identity theft, Scary really.

    Patching any OS, installing AV, and enabling Firewalls needs to be a mantra known to all. Anti-trust concerns are now causing more concerns than they are fixing. In particular, they bash Microsoft for putting the tools on the OS, users blame them for producing an OS, that does not protect adequately.

    When a large web site I was managing, came under attack it was a worldwide selection of IP's, it was definitely deliberate, and targetted. Any company running a large web site will have scaled, and taken countermeasures. Always have a good relationship with your ISP.

    No I don't work for Microsoft!

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