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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    Paul G, 13 Mar 2009 @ 3:24am

    @ PaulT

    Unfortunately the reason that the BBC could compromise the users PC is because the dumb idiots ignore/don't understand the 'Education'.

    I support friends, family and the local community. 99% of them wouldn't have a clue about the threat. Even if they did, they wouldn't know what to do or where to start apart from pester me.

    Lastly, of all the people targeted by the BBC there is bound to be one idiot who totally misses the point and starts legal action due to being violated in some way. I do hope the BBC managed to avoid infecting any machines in the USA as that bunch would sue their Mother if they saw a $1 oportunity.

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