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Re: The wyrms and the law.
From: "Larry Diffey" <ldiffey () technologyforward com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 12:18:34 -0700

By that definition, simple armed robbery is terrorism.  It would go
something like this:

Robber:  Give me your wallet.
Victim: Ok, just don't shoot me, I'll do anything you say.  (Reaches slowly
into back pocket) Here you go.
Robber: Lay down on the ground and count to 20 before you get up or I'll
shoot you.
Victim: Whatever you say.

The end result is that the robber coerced the victim into behaving a certain
way.  He's going up the river for terrorism if he gets caught.

Larry Diffey
I speak for my employer because I am my employer.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Roeland Meyer" <rmeyer () mhsc com>
To: "NANOG (E-mail)" <nanog () merit edu>
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 11:04 AM
Subject: The wyrms and the law.

Life just got more interesting for the crackers.


Yesterday a new virus was announced on the news. It's only an email virus,
but in light of the above, the timing is interesting. The bar is being
raised. Between Code Red and Nimda, the past few months have been most
interesting, network-wise. By any stretch of the imagination, wyrm
falls well within the boundary of "terrorist acts".

The idea is that; to coerce behavior, via threat of harm or direct action
commit harm, is an act of terrorism. There goes the argument that crackers
are doing us all a favor by exploiting security holes.

R O E L A N D  M J  M E Y E R
Managing Director
Morgan Hill Software Company
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