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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 6 August 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: spiro
For : Right Of Reply (for publication)
Subj: CAB bollocks

excellent. every single user of windows and UNIX will be

tools hackers use to probe networks come with all these OSs
which have TCP/IP installed - ie a connection to the

ping, traceroute (tracert on windows), telnet, ftp, finger,
nslookup etc..

the list is longer on UNIX machines which come with other
more useful tools like whois, dig, etc..

telnet and ftp tend to be the programs that you actually do
the breakins with ...

or so I hear..

From: Brian Harmer
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: News Item of the weekend

Who was that fine looking "Kaipara Man" with the jet engine
anyway? :-)

Aardvark Replies: I couldn't possibly comment ;-)

From: Stephen Judd
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: CAB

Paul Swain is the Minister responsible. Email him at
pswain@ministers.govt.nz, or better yet, write him a letter.

Presumably anyone offering a Linux distribution that
includes crack, tcpdump, etc is going to be in big


From: Dominic
For : Right Of Reply (for publication)
Subj: Design of laws

1) Let's be honest. Today's legislators have much to learn
about IT and comms.

2) Let's face it: A legal system will evolve for the Net.

3) Net based laws will have to have an international

4) Laws ought to be "open-ended".

5) Laws ought to recognise the culture of the Net, and
culture of IT. The net isn't a physical world.

From: Matt
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Will rewards be offered?

if my computers are now illegal because they contain all
these "hacker" tools, so obivously designed only for
nefarious deeds, will they offer an ammnesty for me to
accept the error of my ways and front up to the police with
hard drive in hand?  Will they offer rewards if I can then
dob in folk who knowingly run these hacker systems after
the amnesty period has expired.  I could dob in my old man
for running his WinME system with it's built in hacker
devices (telnet, ping etc) and I know he has used sites
that scan DNS entries so obviously he is planning to hack
some poor innocent out there (his own daughter as I recall,
but hey - these "hackers" have no morals...!).

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