DoS Attack Gap in Law Filled

The government has succeeded in overturning a court ruling that exposed serious flaws in the Computer Misuse Act.

Last year a teenager who targeted his former employer’s computer system with a Denial of Service attack (DoS) was acquitted by Magistrates.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has succeeded this month, in its appeal against the decision where the court ruled the teenager had not made an ‘unauthorised modification’ to systems under the Computer Misuse Act, because the email server was designed to receive emails.

The CPS decided to take the case to the Court of Appeal to explore what might have presented a loophole in the Act.

This technicality is most likely to see the Act amended when the government classifies denial of service attacks as a crime when the Police and Justice Bill is agreed