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Wired: Cybercrime Solution Has Bugs

May 03, 2000, 20:07 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Declan McCullagh)

"U.S. and European police agencies will receive new powers to investigate and prosecute computer crimes, according to a preliminary draft of a treaty being circulated among over 40 nations. ... But the details of the "Draft Convention on Cybercrime" worry U.S. civil libertarians. They warn that the plan would violate longstanding privacy rights and grant the government far too much power."

"Banisar says Article 6 of the measure, titled "Illegal Devices," could ban commonplace network security tools like crack and map, which is included with Linux as a standard utility. "Companies would be able to criminalize people who reveal security holes about their products," Banisar said."

"I think it's dangerous for the Internet," says Barry Steinhardt, associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union and a founder of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign. ... "It will interfere with the ability of hackers -- using that term in a favorable light -- to test their own security and the security of others," Steinhardt said."

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