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Date: 2000-05-16

Cybercrime Convention als Unsicherheitsfaktor


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Für Bruce Schneier ist das geplante Verbot fürt "Hacker-
Tools" in der Cybercrime-Convention des Europarats/G-8 ein
klassicher Fall, das Kind mit dem Bade aus zu schütten.
Damit würden Security Tools illegalisiert, die zur Abwehr
echter Angriffswaffen auf Netze nötig seinen.

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The Council of Europe has released a draft of a proposed
treaty on crime in cyberspace. (The Council of Europe
consists of over 40 signatory nations, including the U.S.,
Canada, Japan, Russia, and South Africa.) While well-
intentioned, it has a provision that could effectively cripple
research.

The offending paragraph states:

> Article 6 Illegal Devices > > Each Party shall adopt such
legislative and other measures as > may be necessary to
establish as criminal offences under its > domestic law when
committed intentionally and without right: > > a.the
production, sale, procurement for use, import, > distribution
or otherwise making available of: > > 1.a device, including a
computer program, designed > or adapted [specifically]
[primarily] [particularly] for the > purpose of committing any
of the offences established in > accordance with Article 2

This would make it illegal to create, post, or download any
piece of software that is "designed or adapted" to break into
computer systems.

This is one of those "throwing the baby out with the
bathwater" sorts of provisions.

Many legitimate computer-security tools -- vulnerability
scanners, for example -- fall into this category. So does
most of the computer-security research that discovers and
fixes existing vulnerabilities. The effects of this treaty, if
enforced, will only enable more insecure software.

I don't see how this law will affect the computer criminals.
They're already distributing attack tools, and most of them do
so anonymously. This will primarily affect legitimate
computer-security research.

Treaty:
<http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/en/projets/cybercrime.htm>

News article:
<http://wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,36047,00.html>

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published on: 2000-05-16
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