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Re: [Full-disclosure] Benign Worms
From: Eric Paynter (ericarcticbears.com)
Date: Fri May 13 2005 - 16:37:55 CDT
On Fri, May 13, 2005 9:59 am, Michael Holstein said:
>> 3. If not, what prevents you from doing that?
> Any worm/virus, regardless of intent, is still illegal -- and I don't
> think I can get a DSL line in jail.
Not true. Intent is *everything* as far a criminal activity is concerned.
Intent aside, if you restrict the worm to your subnet that you own and are
authorized to alter the systems on, then even releasing a malicious worm
would be legal. Maybe not very smart, but legal. It's only illegal if you
affect systems you're not authorized to affect.
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