IoT
IoT
News
News
3/4/2003
02:07 PM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Core System Testing: How to Achieve Success
Oct 06, 2016
Property and Casualty Insurers have been investing in modernizing their core systems to provide fl ...Read More>>

Unintended Consequences

A new Illinois state law designed to restrict unauthorized access to intellectual property has led one software developer to pull his free open-source security program from his Web site. Illinois resident Tom Liston says he doesn't want to risk prosecution under the law, which makes it illegal to create a device capable of disrupting a communication service without the authorization of the communication service provider, and a crime to conceal the existence, origin, or destination of any communication from a service provider or lawful party. Technically, Liston's LaBrea tool to trap hackers and worms disrupts communications and conceals the origin of network communications. Some software-security analysts and academics say such legislation, supported by groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America in their efforts to curb the pirating of content, will curb legitimate research and speech. Similar legislation has passed or is pending in other states.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.