As many of you already know, this is not the first nor the last time that Anonymous has attacked government sites to express its social discontent; Just a few days ago we commented that Anonymous attacked Chinese government sites as a measure to demonstrate against the complete restriction that the government has against the Internet in that country.
The European Union is developing new regulations to deal with cybercrime. Among the points they are taking into account is the “possession and use of hacking tools” criminalized.
As drafted, the bill would treat ICT researchers, analysts, or administrators who use these types of tools without malicious intent as criminals.
The Justice and Home Affairs Commission of the European Union approved a bill for a new directive that will update current legislation against cybercrime, now out of date due to rapid technological progress.
Mainly motivated by large cyberattacks in Estonia or Lithuania, the new regulations considerably increase the penalties and means to combat large-scale cyber attacks against information systems, creators of botnets, DDoS denial of service attacks or theft. identity, among others.
Also the possession and use of hacking tools, which in the middle of a general writing has caused controversy and criticism, since this type of software applications are widely used by legitimate security researchers, analysts, IT administrators, hackers in search of vulnerabilities without criminal intentions or simple users who are fond of security and programming.
There is still time for the committee to send the text to the European Parliament so a review is expected at least on this point. Otherwise, port and vulnerability scanners, forensic analysis, exploit files, penetration tests, sniffer and other tools, will be outside the Law, even for essential uses of security professionals and advanced users whose practices have shown your community benefits multiple times.
The world geopolitical agenda showed in recent months a series of initiatives aimed at creating a kind of global Internet police. This occurred under the premises of pursuing cybercrime and ensuring digital security measures, which began with the modification of intellectual property laws and quickly turned towards the prosecution of money laundering and international terrorism. However, the central problem is the confusion that the term “cybercrime” presents when trying to identify cybercrime.
Meanwhile: the European Parliament is currently studying to advance with restriction measures on legal software that makes possible the eventual practice of hacking (access to computer networks with or without permission), Mexico gave half sanction to a law that equates the exchange of packages End2End data network with human trafficking and the United States House of Representatives launched another project -after the failure of PIPA, SOPA and OPEN- known as CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or Cyber Police Information and Protection Act ), revamping the idea that Internet companies entrust their users’ information to the government in the name of “national security.”