Court draws line between hackers and crackers

Subject: Court draws line between hackers and crackers
From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: ti 12 tammi  1999 - 14:30:24 EET

(From QuickLinks 102-4 January 1999)

(Reuters) The Norwegian supreme court has ruled that probing computer
networks linked to the Internet is not illegal. The University of Oslo
charged a security-software company with attempted break-ins and
disruptions on machines linked to its computer network. Norman Data
conducted the network probes on behalf of a Norwegian news network,
which was filming a program about the Internet. The case illustrates the
fine line between hackers and crackers. The former describes those who
merely want to explore computer systems, while the latter refers to
intruders with malicious intent.


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