DDoS Attacks and the Law

[Originally posted at pirateparty.org.uk in January 2011]

Earlier this week it was announced that five people had been arrested across the UK in connection with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on “major US companies across several industries” and was done on request from the FBI. While few details have emerged, it is understood that they were arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The aim of this post will be to examine the relevant part of this law and how it applies to DDoS attacks. As always, it should not be taken as legal advice, and any corrections and thoughts are most welcome.
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