Argentina backs hacking as 'legal'

    Date16 Apr 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3154
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Computer hacking has been declared "legal by default" in a test case in Buenos Aires against a group of political 'hacktivists'. The country's Supreme Court ruled that as hacking did not harm people, animals or property it is not technically . . . Computer hacking has been declared "legal by default" in a test case in Buenos Aires against a group of political 'hacktivists'. The country's Supreme Court ruled that as hacking did not harm people, animals or property it is not technically illegal, but the court added that computer crime presented a "dangerous legal void".

    The case revolved around a group of hackers called X-Team that vandalised the deeply unpopular Supreme Court website in 1998 with photographs of a murdered journalist and slogans claiming human rights cover-ups by the country's judges.

    In a manuscript obtained by Reuters, the ruling judge claimed that the case "allows us to warn that there is a serious legal void that these days does not allow us to repress these [crimes]".

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