EU ministers seek to ban creation of 'hacking tools'

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/061511-eu-ministers-seek-to-ban.html
     
  2. Pedro

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    Result: easier for criminals, harder for everyone else...
     
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    Not to mention if someone is the type to create and use such tools they won't care that it is against the law anyway.
     
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    Wow, how do they expect security testing, gathering data on your enemies, taking down botnets, etc?
     
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    Good point. Seems like that could be a hurdle for security companies.
     
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    Won't they care IF they are arrested for Creating/Using these Tools?
     
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    In Germany, the same kind of law has already been implemented years ago.
    The scope of legal wording/terminology used to outlaw 'hacking tools' has (intentionally) been so broad that several German devs/dev groups have left the country. (link, link).

    Quoted from the linked phenoelit page;
    "Additionally, this new section is interwoven with other laws, including the ones covering terrorism. The current interpretation includes the acceptance of others committing a crime using your (or our) material as violation of §202c."

    If all of Europe will go this route, these laws are likely to force a mandatory brain-drain. :(
    A lot of these devs would/could be very valuable staff for European businesses. However, it's not unlikely a part of them will either go to another continent or go dark. Either way, a loss for €urope.
     
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    Lot's of "hacking" tools can be used by good people to gather intelligence and improve security, not just for break-ins and penetrations by the evil folk. Tools like Ettercap and Aircrack-ng have helped to improve the understanding of what is vulnerable even though they can be used for evil purposes.
    This is equivalent to the Gun Control Act in the U.S. :sigh:
     
  9. J_L

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    What?! How are hacking tools related to guns? Also the Gun Control Act is a restriction not outright ban.
     
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    More like banning burglary simulations along with it. To test alarms and so on.

    - "But it's just a simulation officer. See, i actually work here and this is part of my job. That's my boss over there watching the whole thing."
    - "You're going down for breaking the law scumbag."
     
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    Bank robbers and murderers don't seem to be thwarted by it being illegal.
     
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