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 @ 6:30am

    The BBC would quite likely be guilty of compromising some laws if not in the UK (Target Audience), then certainly elsewhere in the world. By participating in a BotNet style Activity, by using somebody else's bandwidth, or computing time. When I saw this item, early Saturday, the computers participating as Bots were worldwide not just UK.

    The secondary issue, is malicious intent, or use. In this instance there was none. They were merely demonstrating, to increase awareness, Opting in or Out is not the issue.

    To respond to some other comments, Should governments, force everyone to have a certificate of computer competance, or computer driving licence, before they are allowed use the Internet? Nanny state, Aunty BEEB, Hacker who wants to take advantage, take your pick.

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