The Legality of DDoS Attacks
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 30 June 2013, Question 4
I answered a question on the legality of DDoS attacks on Philosophy in Action Radio on 30 June 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should Distributed Denial of Service (a.k.a. DDoS) attacks be illegal? DDoS computer attacks are illegal in the United Kingdom. Are such attacks analogous to convincing people to send many letters to an organization or to calling on the phone repeatedly, thereby crippling its infrastructure? Or are they more like trespassing on property? How should the law deal with them?
My Answer, In Brief: Denial of Service attacks are not merely torts. As willful and deliberate violations of rights, they should be considered crimes.
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