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.

Filed Under: botnets
Companies: bbc


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Mar 2009 @ 11:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I agree that the user has not opted in but using the same house analogy let's say that while you are vacationing, a criminal breaks into your house. This is most definitely illegal. However the criminal then throws a party at your house and charges entry at the door. Are guests at the party criminally liable for breaking and entering?

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