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European Council: Creating hacking tools should be criminal across EU
Ministers want Europe-wide legal net for cybercrookery

Posted in Crime, 14th June 2011 15:11 GMT
The making of hacking tools and computer viruses should be a criminal act across Europe, EU ministers have said.

The EU's Council of Ministers has backed the extension of criminal sanctions to toolmakers in response to European Commission plans to update EU laws tackling attacks against computer systems. Responding to European Commission plans to create a new anti-hacker Directive, the Council has said that the making of hacking tools should be criminalised, adding this to the list of currently criminal practices.

"The following new elements [should include] penalisation of the production and making available of tools (eg, malicious software designed to create 'botnets' or unrightfully obtained computer passwords) for committing the offences [of attacks against computer systems]," the Council of Ministers said in a statement (pages 18-19 of 38-page/176KB PDF).
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Under the Act a person is guilty of an offence if he "makes, adapts, supplies or offers to supply any article intending it to be used to commit, or to assist in the commission of, [a hacking offence]." The word "article" is defined in the Act to include "any program or data held in electronic form".

Read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/making_hacking_tools_should_be_c...

===> IMPLICATIONS:

1) Of course, the first target is the indefensible (botnets) in order to keep resistance to this new policy at a minimum.
2) The reality is that a big move is being made: where before it was criminal to make _use_ of hacking-oriented software, but soon it will be criminal simply to author such software--or by logical extension, even to be in _possession_ of it.