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Re: Benign Worms
From: "Eric Paynter" <eric () arcticbears com>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 14:37:55 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, May 13, 2005 9:59 am, Michael Holstein said:
3. If not, what prevents you from doing that?
Any worm/virus, regardless of intent, is still illegal -- and I don't
think I can get a DSL line in jail.

Not true. Intent is *everything* as far a criminal activity is concerned.

Intent aside, if you restrict the worm to your subnet that you own and are
authorized to alter the systems on, then even releasing a malicious worm
would be legal. Maybe not very smart, but legal. It's only illegal if you
affect systems you're not authorized to affect.


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