German antihacker law could backfire, critics warn

Germany’s new antihacker law could open the door to more cybercrime and not less, security experts warn. The law, which the German government approved in May and put into effect on Saturday, aims to crack down on the sharp rise in attacks on computers in the public and private sectors.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/08/13/German-antihacker-law_1.htmlAlso see:
Germany’s new antihacking law: Bad for security?
As of Saturday, it is a crime in Germany to build, sell, distribute or obtain so-called “hacking tools” designed to allow access to protected data or promote other illegal acts. The intention of the lawmakers, who proposed the item last year and passed it in late May, was to crack down on attacks on government and private-sector computer systems. Penalties include prison sentences of up to 10 years and fines.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62030801,00.htm

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