Washington Wants To Charge Hackers Like Mobsters

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L0rDT1On

Hope Uncle Rico gets a huge bag of mula for steaks each time a hacker goes to prison.

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Architek9

I would love to see everyone in "anonymous" in prison for life

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KenLV

Intimidation, theft, extortion, blackmail, reckless endangerment, the list goes on and on.  Quite frankly, they should be happy they aren’t being prosecuted as terrorist.

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TechLarry

Malware writers, hackers, thieves, I say RICO every one of the little fuckers.

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kris79

Bad Boy. Bad Boy. What will you do when they come for you? Give em an inch and you know what'll happen...

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aarcane

They must have some assurance that it can only be used to charge (or investigate) VIOLENT, ORGANIZED groups.  Clearly someone who gets violent only when cornered doesn't count either, so they can't use the impending case where someone refuses to go down without a fight to condemn the entire group.  There needs to be a HISTORY of violence.

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Nimrod

or based on the way it written could be used on anyone with a bit torrent client.

Ied like to know just exactly WHAT criminals it is that they think are getting off to easy that justifys this extension of power.

Some one who brakes into my bank account and takes my money is ALREADY subject to life imprisonment so your example is null. These kinds of power grabs are rarely about symantics.

 

Ied like to know who these "people in Washington" are and who is its thats lobbying(paying) for this.

 

Call me crazy but this does not sound at all like a desperate plea for justice but rather the initiative of people with big money. The way the article is written we have no way to tell based just on whats presented here.

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Architek9

Throw them all in jail 

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zNelson24

Much of our elected officials today are still very ignorant of computer science and internet culture in general. While I do believe that there is a genuine threat of malicous hackers, you shouldn't try to criminalize the entire hacker community. Also "hacking" can be a rather broad term. Many people see this in gray (there are good and bad hackers), while the government sees it in black and white (all hackers are evil).

I'd prefer that they don't enact any laws, for fear that "national security" will trump people's civil rights.

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schwit

Who decides what a 'hacker' is? It may seem obvious to you and me, but I would not put it past the bribe givers(MAFIAA) and takers(politicians) in DC to redefine the word to include someone that downloads copyrighted music or someone that roots their own smartphone or someone that exposes a software flaw in the XBOX.

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aldude505

Looking at most politicians and lawyers today, they definitely don't know the difference between a hacker, a pirate, or a l33t user who just wants to see what he can really do with his device. Look no further than Geohot and his 'run-in' with Sony.

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Nimrod

Notice that they still dont want to talk about spam email, phishing attacks or scummy advertising methods. Personally, as long as i get links to hijacking sites in my email, i could give a shit less about these other "hackers".

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Biceps

I have a better idea.  Why don't we start locking up the mobsters and criminals who are IN congress before we start worrying so much about a few script kiddies.  Pulleeez.

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kris79

kudos. well said...

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TommM

As far as I'm concerned, you can't punish either individual or group hackers enough.  They're all one and the same.

Lock 'em up, throw away the key and forget about them.

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PCLinuxguy

Not all hackers use their skills for malicious intent jerk, Alot of them do "counter-hacking' where they stop other hackers from doing not so nice things to companies places etc. How about getting your facts first before condeming people.. otherwise you're looking to start yet another 'witch hunt' that only hurts everyone and solves absolutely Nothing.  And no, TommM I'm not going to do that research for you, though i'm sure others could point you in the right direction, but it's all about figuring this stuff out yourself .

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Luminosity47

Your profile pic suits you. So ignorant.

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Red Ensign

Wait, you think that a person who's in favor of putting away hackers who have broken laws is ignorant? Cold hard facts are these hacker punks are crimminals and they'll be treated like crimminals. Nothing you can do about that other than look like a buffoon on some small time internet site. Nice job there Notsobright47. Your logic makes Spock cry.

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TommM

Oh that was SO profound Luminosity47.  Be sure to enlighten us with your wisdom in the future, please.

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szore

LOL. 2 points.

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someuid

When it comes to large groups of hackers, it sounds like a good idea to me.

However, we all know the implementation will be different.  Prosecutors will have an easier time building a case against a single person and that's what they will do.  Single, low profile, low value hackers will end up being the primary target and pay with decades of jail time, while the big hacker groups will continue business as usual, unmolested and unafraid.

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don2041

I agree. However hacking is one thing its the scam artists and snake oil salesmen that need to go as well.

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