Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence

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Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence

Postby Egaladeist » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:48 am

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.


The proposal also targets tools used to commit offences: the production or sale of devices such as computer programs designed for cyber-attacks, or which find a computer password by which an information system can be accessed, would constitute criminal offences.


http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/p ... al-offence
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Re: Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence

Postby SirDice » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:47 pm

Mind you, in Holland it's already a crime, punishable with a maximum of 4 years in prison.

What I do find rather disturbing is the ban on "hacking" tools. This would mean I can't have Metasploit for instance. At least not legally, unless I can prove I'm a security researcher.
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Re: Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence

Postby Egaladeist » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:46 pm

What I do find rather disturbing is the ban on "hacking" tools.


Yep, that was why I bolded that part to focus on it...how would this affect tools like Backtrack, Rainbow Tables, etc...?
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Re: Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence

Postby chaosclown » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:04 pm

LOL Backtrack would definitely be illegal to have.....You would probably need to have certification or a degree as proof. Which they would charge out the a$$ for.
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Re: Hacking IT systems to become a criminal offence

Postby rapier57 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:31 am

Hmmm ... fewer and fewer places I'll be able to travel. And, I was so hoping to take the wife to Europe.
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