Windows declared illegal in UK?

DoS and distributed hacking tools finally criminalised • The Register

The Computer Misuse Act has also been changed to make it an offence to make, adapt, supply or offer to supply any article which is “likely to be used to commit, or to assist in the commission of, [a hacking or unauthorised modification or DoS] offence”. It is also an offence to supply an article “believing that it is likely” to be used to commit such an offence.

The meaning of “article” includes any program or data. The provisions would cover the supply of DoS or virus toolkits. Anyone convicted of breaking this section of the Act could be jailed for up to two years.

Oh, yeah, and ping, and mailing-list software, and almost certainly linux, and Thunderbird with that nasty cc: field, and gcc… It’s not just the computer-security people who could get clobbered by that passage.

It’s just tremendously bad wording for a law about computer crimes, which is not really surprising from the country that brought us the Regulation of Investigatory Powers act. I’m sure, though, that prosecutors will only use this against the sort of people who ought to be thrown in jail, so if you’re innocent you have nothing to worry about.


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