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Questions tagged [computer-misuse-act]

Questions involving the U.K. Computer Misuse Act

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how are companies like metasploit and trustedsec and rapid7 legally protected?

rapid7 and trustedsec develop professional penetration testing software rapid7 also sells a pro version of metasploit...my question is that if someone uses their software illegally how are those ...
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Does a EULA protect the developer [closed]

I have a simple question...If a client asks a developer to develop a penetration testing / security related software and that he is ready to accept the EULA which comes with the software...does that ...
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Does selling game hacks based on personal user agreement is legal?

There are so many websites who sell the game hacks and game companies never sue them for that("because they have their own terms and conditions - that's what I think basically"). So if I sell hacks ...
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Is it against the Computer Misuse Act to remove client-side input validation?

I recently ran into an issue where the 'Change Password' form for a website allowed me to choose a long password (50+ characters), but the login form had a lower limit of 16 characters. This means ...
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iPad hijacking at night

We are having issues with our neighbors. I play music from my iPad at night to help me sleep, using headphones, and my neighbor has been hijacking it and playing discordant sounds to wake me up in the ...
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Would it be illegal to upload the source code of a computer virus I developed? [duplicate]

If I upload source code of a virus I have developed so that the larger software community could benefit from developing solutions to tackle the virus, and if somebody else uses my source code to harm ...
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Does the 9th Court Ruling Imply That a Public Endpoint Is Truly Public?

Violating Terms of Use Isn’t a Crime, EFF Tells Court—Again The recent ruling by the 9Th CAP states that a user is not legally (criminally(civil maybe?)) bound by the ToS of a website operator. Does ...
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Exploiting online video games illegal, a tort, or allowable under the law?

Recently a news story came out about "Manfred", a hacker who makes a living exploiting bugs in online video games to make in-game currency (or items) which he then sells to other gamers. Here is a ...
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Is Running an Amplified DNS Attack on a Consenting Person Legal?

I wasn't sure whether to put this in the legal or security stack exchange because this will take someone with considerable computer knowledge to answer. Amyways, I want to try out an amplified DDOS ...
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what can I do after being scammed

I traded a Domain name (http://stamp.wtf) for a year of hosting by a man. After (permanently) transfering the domain to the man, he set up an account for. He then deleted it a few days later (...
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Can academics break the law with their research?

Are there any U.S. or U.K. laws that prevent academic research papers or journals from being published? Can academics outline the methodology of illegal activities? For example, could a computer ...
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Are Drone Intrusion Prevention Systems (Drone IPS) systems illegal?

A drone intrusion prevention product being advertised at RSA Conference this year has piqued my interest, and I'm trying to determine whether it and other drone IPS systems are illegal. For ...
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Accessing Internet Connected Devices with Default Credentials

In a world of ever increasing numbers of internet connected devices people are having more and more of their appliances exposed to the outside world: cameras, fridges, thermostats etc. Many of these ...
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What is the legal status of data (intentionally deleted or not) on a second-hand computer?

If a person purchases a second-hand computer, and the seller has not wiped the hard drives of that computer before the sale, is it legal for the buyer to access the data on it? Alternatively, if the ...
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How is “unauthorized” access determined under the Computer Misuse Act?

Regarding the Computer Misuse Act as a whole, but in particular Section 1:- (1)A person is guilty of an offence if— (a)he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access ...
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Is it illegal to create and sell a exploit of a zero-day vulnerability?

The definition of an exploit: A software tool designed to take advantage of a flaw in a computer system, typically for malicious purposes such as installing malware. The definition of a zero-day ...
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Who can initiate the legal proceedings for hacking?

If a server is owned and maintained by Organization A, but almost fully installed and configured by Person A, who is a employee of Organization A, then who initiates the legal proceedings regarding ...
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What is the statute of limitations for a violation of the Computer Misuse Act of 1990's provision(s) on phishing?

I came across a story about a twenty-something year old male who setup a fake website in order to 'phish' for usernames and passwords for a popular game. After acquiring the credentials he would then ...
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Does merely serving content alone constitute “operating” in the EU and so should every website be compliant with the EU Cookie Law?

I was wondering if all websites in the world need to be compliant with the EU Cookie Law. For example a company website of a US company, hosted in the US but serving visitors in the EU. Also, does ...
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Purposeful Destruction of a Computer

A hobby of mine is reading up on the latest IT nasties, and i came across 'The USB Killer'. 'The USB Killer' is designed to look just like a USB Thumb drive, but when plugged in it causes a lot of ...
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Section 3A of the United Kingdom's Computer Misuse Act 1990

Section 3A of the United Kingdom's computer misuse act states you are not allowed to produce, obtain or supply articles which can be used for computer misuse. How do UK information security bloggers ...