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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Companies: bbc


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    Dan, 13 Mar 2009 @ 12:42am

    And I am sure the BBC will take the next DDOS attack on their servers as educational and shrug it off. After all the attackers didn't really intend to trash those data bases, it was just meant to demonstrate the security hole. No criminal intent in that. WTF were those arrogant bastards thinking, they can't even run a broadcasting network right, now they are computer security experts/white hat hackers. I think the proper nomenclature is criminal.

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