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Georgia Lawmakers Outlaw Hacking

Georgia may be about to join most of the other states in the nation in making illegal to hack into a computer network.

Peach State legislators voted last week to approve a bill making it illegal to access a computer or computer network without permission, whether or not any information is stolen, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The legislation now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal.

The proposal would make accessing computers or networks without permissin a misdemeanor.

Opponents actually came from the cybersecurity community. They said the bill would criminalize the work of researchers who look for vulnerabilities in networks with the intent of identifying them so they can be fixed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation called on Deal to veto the bill.

If Deal signs the measure, it would leave Alaska and Virginia as the only states where unauthorized accessing of computers or networks isn’t a crime.




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