A proposed anti-terrorism law has civil libertarians up in arms because it would include harsh punishments for low-level computer crimes, classifying them as terrorist acts.
Hackers to be Considered Terrorists by Proposed New U.S. Law
2001-09-29 Legal 5 Comments
If you follow the government’s logic, then hacking the Internet or corporate computers may be a breach of National security. let’s go one step further. To protect National security, the US Government has an obligation to make it much more dificult to hack in, or release mal-ware viruses, worms and trojans. The reason wqe have so many instances of “Hacking” is that the Hacker only needs to concintrate on learning the security holes of a few programs to do major damage. Most hacks take advantage of Windows, Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Outlook Express. If the Government demanded that new computers came with an alternative to each of these programs installed and let the consumer decide what to use, the hacker’s job would be much more dificult. Hacks work because 98% of the computers on the Internet use Windows, and most of these use Internet Explorer, Outlook or Outlook Express. This is now a National Security issue. With more, different Operating systems, Browsers, and Email clients, releasing a worm that could take down the whole Internet would be impossible. Now it is just a matter of time.
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
So if Joe Bloggs (a school kid) cracks into his schools network, is he a terrorist? Considering that many hackers are school kids who aren’t interested in politics and just are bored (not that this is an excuse) I think this law would be a tad harsh! I think we should be very careful about how laws like this are imposed.
hackers are not terroist , terroism is a form of protest . hacking is throwing a wrench in the works nothing more than pranksters.imean do you consider some one who eggs your house or tps your lawn a terroist i don’t think so unless it is a terroist attack that brings a plane down or infects the f.b.i. computer system i think that hacking should be judged on what the act causes and not blanked as a terroist attack
Hacking is more than programming. All hackers are programmers, but not all programmers are hackers. Not all crackers are hackers, either. (most are script kiddies) In my book, hacking is taking joy in taking things apart and putting them back together, seeing how they work. There’s inquisitiveness and some mischief, and a desire to use things beyond the bounds of their intended purpose. That’s why many hackers have been tempted to do cracking and phreaking, to push the bounds. In some cases, even well-intentioned hacking ends up being illegal because hackers don’t take some of the legal limits to their inquisitiveness seriously enough (for example, there have been laws that propose to make port scanning illegal).
on 10/1/2001 2:38 PM, airsoftnu mailkonto wrote:
Programing isnt illigal and Hackin = programing so i dont see the problem.
I’m avare of that the big world thinks hacking and cracking is the same thing but its sad to see a real computer kid say the wrong thing. so thats
why i think you should shange the topic =).
David Adams wrote:
I’m aware of the distinction. Some of my best friends are hackers (computer enthusiasts) but I also realize that the popular definition of hacker is what we call a cracker. However, the general public isn’t familiar with the tem cracker, and I’m not interested in embarking in the education. I chose the title very carefully, though, because my fear is that even some types of legitimate hacking may find itself illegal under the new laws, which are vague.
on 9/30/2001 6:50 AM, Team Airsoft.nu wrote:
> I just wanted to say that in you last articel with the topic “Hackers to be
> Considered Terrorists by Proposed New U.S. Law” you are pointing out hacker
> when hackers is programers and should not be acused for cracking and
> phrecking. so pleas change this =).
> Best regards
> Pär Särnö
If you are not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to fear. If you think you need to hide from the federal government for some reason than you are probably doing something illegal.
Even do some hackers may be pranksters others are malicious and hack with criminal intent. Striking fear and insecurity on their victims! This, in my book, is terrorism. Again, if you are not doing anything wrong than you have nothing to fear.
I think that the government is moving at the right speed and taking the right measures. You want a safer country then let the federal government do its work!
If you are not doing anything wrong with your skills and talents than you don’t’ need to hide, no need to duck and cover!
For the safety of my family and for my friends I’m willing to give up a little of my liberty.
Here is an idea…
Why don’t the hackers do a collective gathering and hunt down the bastards who did this?