[Full-Disclosure] House approves spyware legislation
Micheal Espinola Jr
michealespinola at gmail.com
Wed Oct 6 15:31:08 BST 2004
I don't see how this is a law against "hacking", when it is directed
at intentional misrepresentation and system modifications of an
unsuspecting end-users system.
If you want to be a hacking purist, spyware has nothing to do with "hacking".
Any laws at this point will help because it will give corporations
that are exposed to spyware the legal ground necessary to take fiscal
action against the people mass-producing spyware.
This should inadvertently help everyone else as well.
On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 05:03:45 -0700, Gregory Gilliss
<ggilliss at netpublishing.com> wrote:
> Great, Not that I'm any fan of spyware, but this is just another law
> against hacking. Think - what's the difference between this and someone
> using XSS to "take control" of a computer? If you r00t a box and deface
> the home page, then you've broken this law.
> <sigh> Instead of fixing the problem (poor software security) we pass
> laws to punish the people who do the things that illustrate the problem.
> Basic philosophical differences, blah blah blah ...
> Worst of all, do you really think that the spyware rackets will slow down
> or cease because of this? Nope - they'll just migrate out of the jurisdiction.
> -- Greg
> On or about 2004.10.06 06:03:18 +0000, RandallM (randallm at fidmail.com) said:
> > The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Tuesday to restrict some of the
> > most deceptive forms of spyware.
> > By a 399-1 vote, House members approved legislation prohibiting "taking
> > control" of a computer, surreptitiously modifying a Web browser's home page,
> > or disabling antivirus software without proper authorization.
> > http://news.com.com/House+approves+spyware+legislation/2100-1028_3-5397822.h
> > tml?tag=nefd.top
> > thank you
> > Randall M
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