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UK bans denial of service attacks

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    Posted 13 November 2006 - 03:10 AM



    A law was passed last week that makes it an offence to launch a denial of service attack in the UK, punishable by up to ten years in prison.

    There had been concern that Britain's Computer Misuse Act, written in the days before the World Wide Web, allowed denial of service attacks to fall through a loophole. These are attacks in which a web or email server is deliberately flooded with information to the point of collapse.

    The 1990 legislation described an offence of doing anything with criminal intent "which causes an unauthorised modification of the contents of any computer"; the question was whether that covered denial of service attacks. When a court cleared teenager David Lennon in November 2005 on charges of sending five million emails to his former employer – because the judge decided that no offence had been committed under the Act – the need for amendment seemed obvious.

    Lennon's lawyer had successfully argued that the purpose of the company's server was to receive emails, and therefore the company had consented to the receipt of emails and their consequent modifications in data. District Judge Kenneth Grant concluded that sending emails is an authorised act and that Lennon had no case to answer, so no trial took place. That ruling was overturned and Lennon was sentenced to two months' curfew with an electronic tag. But by that time, amendments to the 1990 legislation were already included in the Police and Justice bill.

    We'll now it's illegal that will stop all criminal activity as criminals won't want to break the law!!!!
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      Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:01 PM

      I advice you to use Syn flood mitigation from GigabitDC.

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        Posted 20 March 2009 - 06:58 PM

        It'll keep the BBC from using that botnet again :DWell at least it will keep them from DoS something.

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          Posted 21 March 2009 - 09:56 AM

          I have experienced attacks at my home IP from a college. I traced it to a specific dorm room number, and I reported it to the school via phone. Maybe they cared.

          I placed a laptop in the DMZ one time as a test because I was having problems with connectivity. I was attacked from Korea instantly. I was warned by F-Secure, and I retreated from the DMZ. The real problem with the computer was a heat-soaked MB.

          I am certain that a new UK law will help. :closedeyes:

          Residents of the UK may not own guns, but there is certainly much killing and gun crime. I could hardly believe seeing a Birmingham gang on the telly with a firearm display. They were allowed to keep their faces covered for privacy.

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            Posted 21 March 2009 - 12:13 PM

            You guys do realize this thread is almost three years old, right?

            EvanJerningham's post is most likely just spam, but in this case is not "out of place" so it was allowed to remain intact.
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