Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Apr 2012 13:53 UTC
Legal "Cyber attacks on IT systems would become a criminal offence punishable by at least two years in prison throughout the EU under a draft law backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. Possessing or distributing hacking software and tools would also be an offence, and companies would be liable for cyber attacks committed for their benefit." Wait, what?
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RE: If this is not an april fool...
by _QJ_ on Wed 4th Apr 2012 14:34 UTC in reply to "If this is not an april fool..."
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More seriously, the French version is a little bit more accurate, to my point of view, by speaking about "tools to make cyber robbery"

... If I understand French correctly... O:-)

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Neolander Member since:

The French version makes extensive use of the word "piratage", which is historically mostly about breaking into someone else's systems, DDoSing, privilege escalation, and other forms of cyber-attacks.

However, as soon as digitally clueless politics get involved, vocabulary always gets badly hurt. As such, the term has also recently also been used for unrelated illegal activities like cracking software or making illegal copies of copyrighted content.

Thankfully, we still use a different word in French for stuff involving cool ships and black flags, which is "piraterie". However, it's maybe only a matter of time...

Anyway !

In the former meaning, this "hacking tools" expression could target stuff like password recovery tools, which are exclusively used to break computer security for legitimate or illegitimate purpose. In the latter meaning, it is worse, basically the computer equivalent of a generalized ban on carrying knifes around in public places because you can hurt people with them (I believe they have something like that in the UK).

Edited 2012-04-05 07:07 UTC

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Lennie Member since:

So "rooting" your phone is gonna be illegal in the EU ?

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Soulbender Member since:

I could rob you with a screwdriver.
This is an outrage! Those damn hardware stores must pay up!

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