The Crown Prosecution service has released guidelines that will amend the current Computer Misuse Act and make the creation and distribution of hacking tools illegal, according to The Register (opens in new tab).
The actual working says "supply or offer to supply, believing that it is likely to be used to commit, or to assist in the commission of [a Computer Misuse Act s1/s3 offence]"
However, the inclusion of hacker tools in the amendments has got some experts fuming and a bit confused although it does take account software that is “available on a wide scale commercial basis and sold through legitimate channels”.
But as Bit-tech (opens in new tab) noticed, this leaves out open-source and freeware tools users vulnerable to pursuit.
It also highlights the difficulties and the issues that any legal framework will encounter when trying to deal with grey tech areas such as hacking.
Security experts and professionals alike will certainly follow closely the discussions surrounding these amendments as this will impact heavily on their day to day work.
What will happen to penetration specialists, white hackers and other testers who earn a living out of finding out vulnerabilities and weaknesses in real life services.
The guidelines have also proposed that the maximum penalty for hacking be increased to ten years imprisonment and will make a Denial of Service attack a punishable crime.