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Re: Benign Worms
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 12:30:41 -0400

On Fri, 13 May 2005 15:49:56 PDT, Benjamin Franz said:
On Fri, 13 May 2005, Eric Paynter wrote:

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.

Don't quit your day job to work as a lawyer. There are a many laws that 
turn on facts rather than intent.

Even if you *do* manage to code the worm correctly, all it takes is for *one*
person visiting your site to have plugged their laptop into the net, and you're
at least potentially screwed.  And I posit that if your network is either small
enough or run *that* fascistly that you are ready to swear on a Bible in court,
under penalty of perjury, that you *know* everything that's connected to it,
then you don't need a worm to fix it.

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