December 20, 2001
Is distributed computing a crime?
Author: JT Smith
Security Focus: "A college computer technician who offered his school's unused computer processing power for an encryption research project will be tried next month in Georgia for computer theft and trespassing charges that carry a potential total of 120 years in jail. The closely-watched case if one of the first in which state prosecutors have lodged felony charges for allegedly downloading third-party software without permission." Read more here.