Feeds

Senator's Net-legislation would jail school-kids

Has he got your attention, voters?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

A low-brow publicity stunt masquerading as a legislative measure called the School Website Protection Act of 2001 by US Senator Robert Torricelli (Democrat, New Jersey) would define criminal hacking as any action, even a harmless action, which "affects or impairs without authorization a computer of an elementary school or secondary school or institution of higher education."

Torricelli is tough on juvenile crime, and he adores schools. Get it, voters?

The broadness here created by the word 'affects' is pure Kafka. This might criminalize a harmless prank, the installing of a game, or the sending of unsolicited e-mail. Violators could get shut up in federal prison for up to 10 years.

"Computer hackers who prey upon unsuspecting schools, striking fear in the hearts of entire communities with threats of violence, cannot go unpunished," he declared.

'Striking fear in the hearts of entire communities' indeed. Because a New Jersey high school's Web site was recently defaced with a few Columbine-esque threats, Torricelli has seen an opportunity to whip up fear in hopes of attracting headlines and press coverage for himself.

Naturally, we were only too happy to oblige. ®

Related Links

Torricelli's e-mail
His proposed legislation

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.