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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  1. identicon
    Headbhang, 13 Mar 2009 @ 5:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    No, it just means you are ignorant and reckless moron.
    Just like if you don't look around while crossing a busy road or watch your step while hiking in the mountains. You are obviously not opting in to be run over by a car or tripping over and breaking your nose. You just happen to be an idiot unfit to do those things.

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