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Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 08:38:21 +0200
From: "thomas springer" <>
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 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 for distributing John the Ripper
on one of its CDs and linking to a page (
where users can download the tool.

A screenshot of the complaint is here:
The article (german only, sorry) here:

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 Drop me a note if this is noteworthy enough to
keep you posted about the outcome.


[nach mir der synflood.]

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