What are the legal ramifications for hacking a messageboard server

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Jack, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Jack

    Jack Guest

    I was recently the victim of a hacker obtaining private profile information
    from a well-known public figures messageboard. The owners have promised to
    ban the individual responsible if he can be determined, but I think this is
    far too light. Compromising a server in order to obtain personal information
    strikes me as something that might be illegal (and, if not, it SHOULD be).

    If it is illegal, I would like for them to press charges.

    Does anyone know the law on this?
    Jack, Jun 30, 2004
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  2. Contact the Computer Crimes division of your local police department. Or if
    they don't have one, (which would be surprising in this day and age),
    contact the FBI, since many computer crimes fall under federal jurisdiction.
    They would be the best sources to advise you on how to proceed.
    Laura E. Hunter \(MVP\), Jun 30, 2004
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  3. Jack

    Roger Abell Guest

    The answer differs by country. Also, it is often nearly
    impossible to establish a sufficient chain of ebidence to
    enable prosecution.
    Roger Abell, Jun 30, 2004
  4. Jack

    Jeff Cochran Guest

    Assuming this messageboard is on a system located in North Korea, you
    have no recourse, Yankee Dog!

    If it isn't there, you might want to contact your attorney for legal
    advice rather than a bunch of wiseass netizens who may or may not have
    any legal training, and certainly wouldn't be able to render an
    opinion based on the jurisdictional information you provide.

    Jeff Cochran, Jun 30, 2004
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