Friday, February 02, 2007

If this is true ... then they should be prosecuted

MacDailyNews reports:

A page on The Month Of Apple Bugs website causes Safari to hang up

• The page for bug #29 contains the following HTML:

[img src="bug-files/heat-up.jp2" alt="" height="1" width="1" /]
[!-- Never use the macbook at bed again when browsing the MoAB or you will fry your balls, looper --]

• The referenced .jp2 (JPEG 2000) file hangs up at least one copy of Safari running on Mac OS 10.4.8 (with all security updates installed) and requires a force quit. It's unknown if anything else bad is done. It does not hang at least one other copy of Safari (on a Leopard build) and various copies of Firefox. The jp2 file, at first glance, looks normal (although we've no JPEG expertise here), but is 344KB big.

Hacking is covered under law Title 18: Crimes and Criminal Procedure: Part 1: Crimes: Chapter 47: Fraud and False Statements: Section 1030: Fraud and related activity in connection with computers. The federal punishment for hacking into computers ranges from a fine or imprisonment for no more than one year to a fine and imprisonment for no more than twenty years. This wide range of punishment depends upon the seriousness of the criminal activity and what damage the hacker has done.

Helpful reference:

Computer Ethics Discussion

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