[Full-disclosure] The BBC acquired a botnet, but was it legal? - Update
nytrokiss at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 08:32:39 GMT 2009
No it's not acceptable! But they seem to do what ever suits them!
On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 12:52 AM, Ivan . <ivanhec at gmail.com> wrote:
> According to Struan Robertson, a technology lawyer with Pinsent
> Masons, in a posting on Out-Law.com, the BBC's statement that the
> activity would only be illegal if those behind it had criminal intent
> is not true. Robertson said "The BBC appears to have broken the
> Computer Misuse Act by causing 22,000 computers to send spam. It does
> not matter that the emails were sent to the BBC's own accounts and
> criminal intent is not necessary to establish an offence of
> unauthorised access to a computer". However, Robertson does not think
> the BBC will be punished for the action "because the BBC's actions
> probably caused no harm."
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