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November 1, 2005

British Teen Acuused in DoS Attack

A British teenager has been accused of violating the U.K.'s Computer Misuse Act by sending his former employer 5 million emails in a denial of service attack.  The case is significant because denial of service is not one of the specifically included offenses under the act.  The teen is charged under section 3 of the act which covers unauthorized data modification and tampering with systems.  His defense will argue that sending the emails is not illegal as there is no modification to the server software and non of the mail messages attempted to install any modifying software.

More details are in the ZDNET story here.

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