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UK law will harm cybercrime investigation

Date: November 20, 2006
Source: ZDNet UK

The U.K. Police and Justice Bill 2006, which received Royal Assent last Wednesday, contains amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990 that alter the law surrounding the creation and distribution of 'dual use' software tools. These are tools such as nmap--a security scanner--which are primarily used by legitimate users and security researchers, but can also be used by hackers to scan networks for vulnerabilities.

The amendments to the law could potentially prohibit the downloading of such security tools, according to Malcolm Hutty, head of public affairs at the London Internet Exchange (LINX).
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