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    Watch Out, White Hats! European Union Moves To Criminalize ‘Hacking Tools’

    Link: Watch Out, White Hats! European Union Moves to Criminalize 'Hacking Tools' | Threat Level | Wired.com

    While the law seems aimed at blackmarket tools that can be used to create malware infested sites, it’s also likely to criminalize tools used by researchers, developers and black hats alike – including tools like fuzzers, the Metasploit penetration testing tool and the wi-fi sniffing tool Wireshark. (Perhaps even the command line would be outlawed.)
    Seriously?

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    It's going to be difficult to police and the definition of a hacking tool is one thing, but also in the context that it's used.

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    like programming languages

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    like programming languages
    Exactly, which is why this 'idea' is probably being created by people who are not technical or well thought out. I also think with the economic crisis in the Euro zone, they have much bigger fish to fry, but what do I know...

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    Hmm the wi-fi sniffing tool wireshark should have proof read it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Exactly, which is why this 'idea' is probably being created by people who are not technical or well thought out. I also think with the economic crisis in the Euro zone, they have much bigger fish to fry, but what do I know...
    Yes but bankers give them money

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    like programming languages
    Well, certain companies managments would probably like nothing better than to outlaw programming to anyone without a specific 'probably expencive' programming liscence from them. Maybe this was codenamed the iCanProgram bill and printed exclusivly in Helvetica with certain footnotes oddly in Calibri.

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    The 2008 updates to the Computer Misuse Act *already* covers making and distributing hacking tools "with intent".

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