Dutch Court Rules WiFi Hacking Not a Criminal Offense

Posted: March 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

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| Dutch Court Rules WiFi Hacking Not a Criminal Offense
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[0]loekessers writes “Breaking in to an encrypted router and [1]using the
WiFi connection is not an criminal offense, a Dutch court ruled. ([2]Original
article in Dutch; [3]English translation.) WiFi hackers can not be
prosecuted for breaching router security. The judge reasoned that the
student didn’t gain access to the computer connected to the router, but
only used the router’s internet connection. Under Dutch law, breaking
into a computer is forbidden. A computer in The Netherlands is defined as
a machine that is used for three things: the storage, processing and
transmission of data. A router can therefore not be described as a
computer because it is only used to transfer or process data and not for
storing bits and bytes. Hacking a device that is no computer by law is
not illegal, and can not be prosecuted, the court concluded. ”

Links:
0. http://www.webwereld.nl/
1. http://www.pcworld.com/article/222589/dutch_court_rules_wifi_hacking_is_now_legal.html
2. http://webwereld.nl/nieuws/106024/rechter–wifi-netwerk-van-de-buren-hacken-mag.html
3. http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwebwereld.nl%2Fnieuws%2F106024%2Frechter–wifi-netwerk-van-de-buren-hacken-mag.html

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