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15 Nov 2006

DoS attacks outlawed in the UK

Amongst other police reforms, the new Police and Justice Act 2006 makes Denial of Service attacks illegal under British law and clarifies other aspects of computer misuse. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 made it an offence to alter a computer without authority, covering most hacking attacks but not explicitly DoS attacks. Criminal hackers who commit, for example, DoS-based extortion ("Send us loads of money or we will continue disrupting your online betting service ...") can now be called to account under the new Act.
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