[pp.int.general] "Germany Declares Hacking Tools Illegal" Slashdot

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Thu May 31 21:08:47 CEST 2007

I just jumped into slashdot and i found
Germany Declares Hacking Tools
*"Germany has updated their computer crime law to declare 'hacking tools'
This will place most of the professionals in the network admin and computer
security fields in a sort of legal grey area. 'The new rules tighten up the
existing sanctions and prohibit any unauthorized user from disabling or
circumventing computer security measures to access secure data (see the law,
sections 200 and following [in German]). Manufacturing, programming,
installing, or spreading software that can circumvent security measures is
verboten, which means that some security scanning tools might become
illegal.' We discussed a similar
January when Australia considered the same kind of legislation. How
this affect Linux distribution in Germany, as most standard Linux
distributions come with these kind of 'hacking tools' installed by default?"
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