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From: randallm at (RandallM)
Subject: House approves spyware legislation

<|>On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 05:03:45 -0700, Gregory Gilliss 
<|><> wrote:
<|>> Great, Not that I'm any fan of spyware, but this is just 
<|>another law 
<|>> against hacking. Think - what's the difference between this and 
<|>> someone using XSS to "take control" of a computer? If you 
<|>r00t a box 
<|>> and deface the home page, then you've broken this law.
<|>> <sigh> Instead of fixing the problem (poor software 
<|>security) we pass 
<|>> laws to punish the people who do the things that 
<|>illustrate the problem.
<|>> Basic philosophical differences, blah blah blah ...
<|>> Worst of all, do you really think that the spyware rackets 
<|>will slow 
<|>> down or cease because of this? Nope - they'll just migrate 
<|>out of the jurisdiction.
<|>> -- Greg
<|>End of Full-Disclosure Digest

I guess one has to decide if browser hijacking is not the taking of personal
property. I for one do not fine it amusing to open my browser and it has
been redirected to a hijacked page as my new Homepage!
If this law would allow me...the user to bring down hell upon these people
then I'm all for it.

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