Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Hacking daw oh!

First cybercrime case for 2008 filed at DOJ.

Claro is accused of stealing company secrets from VMC using a universal serial bus thumb drive, which was used to copy proprietary company information.

So kinopya nya sa flash disk yung information. Paano naging cybercrime yun? Dahil lang gumamit siya ng USB? So kung gumawa sya ng hardcopy nung information simpleng theft na lang yun? Pero teka...

The Department of Justice and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology are working with various stakeholders on a cybercrime bill that aims to strengthen existing laws related to high-tech crimes or crimes committed using technology. [emphasis added]

A ballpen is technology, so is a lock and key. Strictly speaking, anything more complex than a lever is technology (or does the definition extend even to simple machines?). And if this is just a case of lazy use of language (which it probably is) then they probably mean electronic technology, which includes electronic locks and Xerox machines. So someone using a stolen ID card to bypass a door and then photocopying documents is guilty of "cybercrime." too.

What I find silly is that they charged the accused with "hacking" when all he did was copy files onto a USB drive. Call it what it is; it's just plain theft.

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Check out Bruce Sterling's "The Hacker Crackdown" for a great read on the early days of cybercrime.


Anonymous said...

If copy-pasting is hacking, then i must be one hell of a hacker! XD

missingpoints said...


The idea behind cyber crime is that it's something that the regular penal code can't handle. Whether it's fine distinctions or weird definitions, "hacking" should be more than just a fancy name for stealing stuff.