Bill P. Godfrey et al

Friday, November 04, 2005

Denial of service attacks are legal - who do you want to bring crawling to their knees?

A teenager charged with launching a denial of service (DoS) attack against his former employer escaped punishment when the judge threw out the charge after his defence successfully argued that DoS attacks were not covered by the parts of the act he was charged under.

The youth had been accused of sending five million e-mails to his ex-boss as part of a DoS attack that crashed the company’s e-mail server.

He was charged under section 3 of the 1990 act, which covers unauthorised data modification and system tampering.

His defence argued that sending a flood of unsolicited e-mails did not cause unauthorised data modification or tamper with systems, as an e-mail server was there for the purpose of receiving e-mails.

The judge agreed with this argument and said DoS attacks were not illegal under section 3 of the act.

Lifted directly from "Computer" - Here it is, here, in printer friendly format "Court shock: denial of service attacks not illegal" by Antony Savvas, Thursday 3 November 2005

So, who would you bring down before the UK changes its laws to make DoS attacks [which I originally thought was hitting people over the head with antiquated operating system software media] illegal?

Oh, and you can't pick Micro$oft - everyone choses them - be a little creative, please!


  • Remind me to show my list of enemies sometime.

    "Everyone should have enemies. If you don't have an enemy, you can't have an arch nemesis, which would be sad." -- John Allison, Bobbins.

    By Blogger Bill P. Godfrey, At 1:31 AM, November 05, 2005  

  • Bill, remember to show your list of enemies sometime...

    [I don't think I have anyone I consider enemies right now]

    By Blogger M., At 6:39 PM, November 06, 2005  

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