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Old 12th March, 2009, 07:11 PM
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The BBC hacked my computer

You couldn't make this stuff up! What next? A shoplifting spree to prove how easy it is?

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Old 12th March, 2009, 08:32 PM
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If they weren't so clueless I'd wish 20,000 lawsuits on them....maybe I still do! ":O}
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LOL.
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if this had been done with criminal intent it would be breaking the law
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Old 13th March, 2009, 02:29 PM
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Thing is the BBC just acquired a botnet, the same way that most of us acquire things - by paying money.

Hence the BBC didn't hack anything - those machines were already compromised. Hopefully this means that there will be 22,000 less machines that can be used to build botnets with.

After all, if anyone can buy up a DDoS attack, then how long before anyone with an axe to grind decides to prevent the web sites they hate from operating?
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LOL.
Oh! Wait! I think I have criminal intent at home! I'll be right back! ":O}
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Thing is the BBC just acquired a botnet, the same way that most of us acquire things - by paying money.

Hence the BBC didn't hack anything - those machines were already compromised. Hopefully this means that there will be 22,000 less machines that can be used to build botnets with.

After all, if anyone can buy up a DDoS attack, then how long before anyone with an axe to grind decides to prevent the web sites they hate from operating?
By paying our licence fee money to criminals.
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The BBC's funding is not limited to license fee money. Can you demonstrate that license fee money was used for that particular article, and can you demonstrate that it was not in the public interest?
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Excuse me for butting in, but isn't this another example of "Here's another one."?
Right now people are working hard, probably plenty of people, to find and fix this one. At the very same time , other people are working hard to make another one. And the world goes around and round
Some have "crimminal intent", some are curious and haveing fun.
My intuition tells me the Pentigon won't have such fine protical as intent-won't matter to them a bit. Just attempting is a crime, after that is just more years.
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Old 16th March, 2009, 06:45 PM
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The BBC reckons its actions were legal, but specialist technology lawyers contacted by El Reg disagreed. Struan Robertson, editor of out-law.com and legal director at solicitors Pinsent Masons, said that the BBC's actions were likely to have breached the unlawful access provision of the Computer Misuse Act, the UK's anti-hacking law. He added that there was no public interest defense against CMA offences.
BBC Click paid cybercrooks to buy botnet ? The Register

Perhaps, the BBC's lawyers will disagree. But, who's going to risk their money pursuing them, given that the BBC has far more money?
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That rather depends if the machines, which were already compromised, were in the UK or not. If they weren't, then the CMA wouldn't apply.

It is also about time that people were forced to take responsibility for the machines that they own. If perhaps a few more people wake up to the fact that their machine might well be participant on a botnet, then that, in my view, is a good thing.

Things in cyberspace are not getting any better.
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