Bruce Sterling on Thu, 29 Nov 2001 01:08:13 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> FW: IP: US assumes global cyber-police authority

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From: David Farber <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 08:42:53 -0500
Subject: IP: US assumes global cyber-police authority

>From: Monty Solomon <>
>Subject: US assumes global cyber-police authority
>US assumes global cyber-police authority
>By Mark Rasch
>Posted: 27/11/2001 at 10:32 GMT
>Much has been written about the new anti-terrorism legislation passed
>by Congress and signed by President Bush, particularly as it respects
>the ability of the government to conduct surveillance on email,
>voice-mail, and other electronic communications. However, too little
>attention has been paid to other provisions of the legislation,
>particularly a significant change to the definition of the types of
>computers protected under federal law.
>An amendment to the definition of a "protected computer" for the
>first time explicitly enables U.S. law enforcement to prosecute
>computer hackers outside the United States in cases where neither the
>hackers nor their victims are in the U.S., provided only that packets
>related to that activity traveled through U.S. computers or routers.

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