The too long arm of the law

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The too long arm of the law

The UK’s main law against IT criminals, the Computer Misuse Act, is 16 years old this year. The Act has received plenty of criticism, and led to only a few prosecutions, but recent interpretations and proposed changes are worrying.

Last year's case of Daniel Cuthbert determined that something as simple as checking for basic vulnerabilities on a website might be considered an offence. Having made a donation to a Tsunami appeal, he became concerned that the site he'd handed his credit card details to might be a fake, so he ...

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