13 March 2009

UK - BBC programme broke law with botnets, says lawyer

(OUT-LAW News)
A BBC programme has broken the Computer Misuse Act by acquiring and using software to control 22,000 computers, creating a botnet capable of bringing down websites. A technology law specialist has said that the activity is illegal. Click used the software to demonstrate how easy it is to gain control of the tools used to hold website owners to ransom. It used software acquired through internet chatrooms. The software controlled 22,000 computers which it had infected. The programme has said that the activity would only be illegal if those behind it had 'criminal intent', but Struan Robertson, a technology lawyer with Pinsent Masons and editor of OUT-LAW.COM, said that this is not true.