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Dutch police may get right to hack in cyber crime fight

Postby DaFoxx » Fri May 03, 2013 5:06 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22384145

The Dutch government has announced plans to give police far greater powers to fight cybercrime.

Under a new bill, investigators would be able to hack into computers, install spyware, read emails and destroy files.

They could also break into servers located abroad, if they were being used to block services.

Critics say the proposed measures are unnecessary and could set a dangerous precedent for people living under oppressive governments.

Use of the powers would be subject to the approval of a judge, the government stresses.

The bill would also make it a crime for a suspect to refuse to decipher encrypted files during a police investigation.

It is expected the draft legislation will be put to parliament by the end of the year.

The bill singles out child pornography and terrorism as two areas of special concern. The publication of stolen data would also become punishable.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten is also keen to put an end to so-called DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) web-attacks, that flood intended targets such as banks with large amounts of traffic, making them unreachable. .

Simone Halink of digital rights group Bits of Freedom said the law would set a bad precedent and had been "rushed".

"What you see is that the police have especially a shortage of knowledge and manpower - not of powers," she said


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Re: Dutch police may get right to hack in cyber crime fight

Postby SirDice » Fri May 03, 2013 5:07 pm

I so hope this doesn't get pushed (or sneaked) through. That would be bad... :shock:

The bill singles out child pornography and terrorism as two areas of special concern. The publication of stolen data would also become punishable.

Of course they do. That's how they get legislation like this through. After a few months it'll get stretched to "serious crime" and from there to all crime.
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Re: Dutch police may get right to hack in cyber crime fight

Postby |The|Specialist » Wed May 08, 2013 4:01 am

Of course they do. That's how they get legislation like this through. After a few months it'll get stretched to "serious crime" and from there to all crime.
Thats wishful thinking. But Good!

There are waaaaaaaay to many socially retarded glue sniffers like Hector Xavier Monsegur... or twelve year old "trendies" beating their chests on hackforums & polluting the web. They make each and every single computer hobbyist look bad. Anyone online with a little bit of humor or nuance gets marginalised as a result. When a huge intrusion happends its just not "edgy" anymore. I really miss that.
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Re: Dutch police may get right to hack in cyber crime fight

Postby SirDice » Wed May 08, 2013 12:58 pm

Yeah, the good ol' days of hacking have long passed. Nowadays it's all wannabees that can run some DDoS tool and call themselves hackers.

But besides that, the police already has a lot of power to stop whatever they're trying to stop with this legislation. But because most of the law enforcement are a bunch of digital rejects with no clue about computers in general they have no idea where to start.
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