Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:38:21 +0200 From: "thomas springer" <thomas.springer@...il.com> To: john-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Complaint filed vs. german gov-agency for distributing jtr To whom it may concern, especially for our german-users: Germany recently adopted a new law-paragraph making the posession, distribution and use of tools like nmap and john the ripper a crime (202c StGB). There were quite a lot of sensible people protesting, but government said, the goal is not to sue security-experts, but hackers. But the wording of the law speaks clearly another language. There were no court-orders or known filed complaints because of 202c StGB yet. German online-magazine tecchannel.de is trying to get clarity about the new law and filed a complaint (9/14/07) against the german government-agency "Federal Office for Information Security (BSI, see http://www.bsi.de/english/index.htm) for distributing John the Ripper on one of its CDs and linking to a page (http://www.openwall.com) where users can download the tool. A screenshot of the complaint is here: http://images.tecchannel.de/images/tecchannel/bdb/361100/361109/B83CB84F13B738958633FFED96A57C1A_800x600.jpg The article (german only, sorry) here: http://www.tecchannel.de/sicherheit/grundlagen/1729025/ I'm rather interested in this case, for i still distribute and use JtR and i creditet myself in the compiled the Windows-Binarys available from www.openwall.com. Drop me a note if this is noteworthy enough to keep you posted about the outcome. cheers, tom -- thomas.springer@...il.com [nach mir der synflood.] -- To unsubscribe, e-mail john-users-unsubscribe@...ts.openwall.com and reply to the automated confirmation request that will be sent to you.
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