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The Register: Cracker education site folds on DMCA threat

Jul 18, 2000, 13:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C Greene)

"The threat of legal action can be an effective, preemptive weapon in the ever-shifting front lines of copyright law, as the well-known (and now former) cracker-education Web site Icefortress.com has recently learned. The ICE crew have decided to pack up their operation rather than defend a lengthy court battle threatened by on-line porno billing outfit IBILL, a frequent, and fairly challenging, target for password crackers."

"The Icefortress crew believes that the issue for IBILL was an outdated essay on the site's guest area, written by a former member, containing a brief tip, not on methods of cracking IBILL-protected sites, but merely on how to prevent IBILL from detecting one's real IP. IBILL, according to the essay's author, Lucifer Fallen, connects to one's security port; it is therefore advisable to see that a proxy is loaded there if one wishes to remain anonymous."

"While the objectionable information in this case might well be ruled by a court to be too general to qualify as a violation of trade secrets or the skirting of technical access controls, the ICE crew feel they have neither the resources nor the time to test it and find out firsthand. It would not be the first time that a controversial Web site has been forced to close shop because the operators had not the means to fight a court challenge by a well-heeled opponent."

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