In message <199412291718 .
> "Barry J. Archer" writes:
> > >For a while I used to send mail to root at sites that probed me; I
> > >stopped when I got sick of reading "We have many users at this
> > >site...who do you think it was and why are you so paranoid" from
> > >university admins.
> I'm a university admin and now I'm curious, when I get such a message, what
> would you want me to do?
> I could contact the person (student) and say "please don't do that", but if
> they continue it's not like I can do anything to them, or even have
> anything done to them by the university.
> >From a big university's point of view, probing ports is very petty compared
> to date rape and all the other problems faced on campus. This is the percept
> held by our campus public safety people.
I cannot comment on our security procedure if we were probed, but I can
remind you of certain laws.
UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO THIS UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT COMPUTER SYSTEM AND/OR
SOFTWARE IS PROHIBITED BY PUBLIC LAW 98-473.
Public Law 98-473, Chapter XXI, Paragraph 1030 states "Whoever knowingly
accesses a computer without authorization, ... obtains ..., uses, modifies,
destroys, or discloses ..., or prevents authorized use of (data or a
computer owned by or operated for) the Government of the United States ...
shall be punished (by) a fine or imprisonment." The punishments range up to
$100,000 and 10 years, depending upon the nature and extent of the violation.
It is unclear to me if the administers of the offending site could
also be charged if they knew that their users were probing/(attempting to
crack) government/military sites.
It's just as easy for J. Random Undergrad to probe *.edu as it
is to probe *.mil
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