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German researchers test new anti-hacker legislation

Hats off to N.Runs, a German security company which is testing the new anti-hacking legislation in Germany by re-introducing a hacking utility on its Web site.

The BTcrack Bluetooth utility was taken down last month when Section 202c of the new German cybercrime Act came into force.

As reported elsewhere, the new Act is more than a little vague in perzactly what areas of IT security it covers, meaning that many IT security companies have expressed fear and uncertainty as to what software they can release or sell to the public.

According to the German newswires, N.Runs says it was tired of waiting for other companies to make the first move and, as well as allowing the utility to be downloaded again, it is also posting the source code to the application.

The new German cybercrime legislation, which kicked in on August the 10th, threatens fines and/or prison sentences for anyone who violates Section 202a or 202b "by providing access to, selling, acquiring, leaving at the disposition of someone, distributing or otherwise making accessible" passwords or access control information."

When you distil the legalese of the Act into plain English (or German -Ed) you begin to realise the wide-ranging aspects of the new legislation.

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