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Re: Hackers face life imprisonment under 'Anti-Terrorism' Act
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 07:24:44 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded from: Vern Waltman <vern_waltman () yahoo com>

<Those convicted of providing "advice or assistance" to cyber crooks,
or harboring or concealing a computer intruder, would face the same
legal repercussions as an intruder>

I don't know about you all, but to me this statement has a very wide
reaching effect on all who are in the computer security arena.  All of
the open source posts of "Proof Of Concept" could be interputed as
"Advice or Assistance" and could be followed up on by the law
enforcement agencies if the "Proof Of Concept" was inturn used with
malicious intent by someone.

Vern Waltman

--- InfoSec News <isn () c4i org> wrote:
[I never thought I would see the day when one could drive drunk, plow
into a Chevy Impala full of nuns, kill them all, and under this
proposed legislation, that party could likely serve less time in
prison than some poor misguided kid hacking into a .gov or .mil server
to send a shout-out to his friends in an IRC channel. While I am for
prosecuting malicious crackers, this act goes way overboard.  - WK]


Justice Department proposal classifies most computer crimes as acts of

By Kevin Poulsen
Sep 23 2001 11:00PM PT

Hackers, virus-writers and web site defacers would face life
imprisonment without the possibility of parole under legislation
proposed by the Bush Administration that would classify most computer
crimes as acts of terrorism.

The Justice Department is urging Congress to quickly approve its
Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), a twenty-five page proposal that would
expand the government's legal powers to conduct electronic
surveillance, access business records, and detain suspected


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