Re: [BOARD] Status of CyberCrime treaty statement
On Tue, Jun 27, 2000 at 10:30:53AM -0700, David LeBlanc wrote:
| Right, which is why the wisest course is to regulate conduct. It is quite
| possible to define "system that doesn't belong to me" and "attack". Once
| you start getting into the question of tools, we start dealing with vague
| clauses that are left open to interpretation, trampling of free speech
| rights, and the possibility of putting legal barriers in the way of people
| who are trying to protect you. After all, we're likely to pay attention to
| the laws.
| For example, a coat hanger can be used to break into cars. Mechanics quite
| often possess a "slim jim" set which are sophisticated coat hangers. We
| don't have laws against possession of these objects, whether the person
| possessing them has criminal intent or not. USING these objects on a vehicle
| where you do not have permission from the owner IS illegal and rightfully
| so. Planning to use the objects in a criminal manner is conspiracy and is
| also illegal. Possession of the objects may be considered evidence, but it
| is NOT illegal.
Actually, it is in some states. But I think that we're way off topic,
and would like to suggest that Steve is working on finding a good home
for those of us who would like to make a statement in public about the
treaty, and our energies are better spent finding additional respected
signers for the document that many editorial board members want to
The board as a group, I think, should consider if we want to create
guidelines for speaking as a group in public in the future, and
perhaps consider addressing the mission of the CVE in other ways.
| These types of crimes are no different, and should not be treated any
| differently. I would really find it onerous to have to go check with legal
| every time I hit the compile button, and that's where we're headed.
| > -----Original Message-----
| > From: Marcus J. Ranum [mailto:email@example.com]
| > Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 6:51 AM
| > To: David LeBlanc; 'Scott Blake';
| > firstname.lastname@example.org
| > Subject: RE: [BOARD] Status of CyberCrime treaty statement
| > >The treaty needs to EXPLICITLY allow for white hat
| > activities and research.
| > That's also impossible to define such as not to allow loopholes.
| > mjr.
| > -----
| > Marcus J. Ranum
| > Chief Technology Officer, Network Flight Recorder, Inc.
| > Work: http://www.nfr.net
| > Personal: http://pubweb.nfr.net/~mjr
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