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

Andy Milner andy.milner at gmail.com
Thu May 31 21:12:53 CEST 2007

Again it appears that some piece of legislation is rushed through
after some (probably) intense lobbying from individuals/groups with a
singular mission in life and with scant regard for the wider
consequences of such legislation...


On 31/05/07, Findeton <redeadlink at gmail.com> wrote:
> I just jumped into slashdot and i found this:
> Germany Declares Hacking Tools Illegal "Germany has updated their computer
> crime law to declare 'hacking tools' illegal . 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
> measure in January when Australia considered the same kind of legislation.
> How will 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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