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Security professionals at risk from hacking laws

September 29th, 2006 by Pete

Security professionals at risk from hacking laws - by Jeremy Kirk

"Company networks could be made less secure if projected computer crime legislation is introduced in several European countries. According to several security professionals, that would be the unintended consequence of anti-hacking laws.

The UK and Germany are among the countries that are considering revisions to their computer crime laws in line with the 2001 Convention on Cybercrime, a Europe-wide treaty, and with a similar European Union measure passed in early 2005."

This is a worrying possible change in the law for the UK and Germany, if the politicians get it wrong with the changes to the Computer Misuse Act as discussed in this article then it could become dodgy for security testers. The bigger implications suggested in this article is that it would effectively become illegal to own hacking tools. Would that mean that it would become illegal to disclose exploits and security holes? afterall they could be used to commit an offense! if the laws change how would anyone legally check their systems for secure configurations or have a penetration test performed by third parties if te tools used are illegal or the information pertaining to potential exploits is also made illegal? -

September 2006

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