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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BushLin
Member since:
2011-01-26

Taken at face value, possession of a Windows password reset disk or the Sysinternals Suite (now owned by Microsoft) could potentially result in a criminal record.

I'm sure many IT professionals have tools such as this to recover forgetful users or to remotely run commands in order to fix problems... I'm also sure most of those folk have only used these with good reason and never to attack systems they have no business touching.

You'd hope the so called "Civil Liberties Committee" had enough expertise to differentiate between legitimate use and attacks but then again, this is the EU so who knows the origins/agenda of this draft?

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seanc7 Member since:
2012-03-26

I was going to mention that too. Not a good idea. Vague and generic laws are the police states favourite weapon.

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Taken at face value, possession of a Windows password reset disk or the Sysinternals Suite (now owned by Microsoft) could potentially result in a criminal record.


Taken at face value possession of Windows could could be criminal after all it comes with ping, tracert, pathping and nslookup all network hacking tools.

I suppose possession of a Unix box (OSX?) will mean they throw the key away.

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