BBC violate Computer Misuse Act

Software used to control thousands of home

computers has been acquired online by the BBC as part of an

investigation into global cyber crime.

The technology programme Click has demonstrated just how at risk PCs are of being taken over by hackers.

Almost 22,000 computers made up Click’s network of hijacked machines, which has now been disabled.

The BBC has now warned users that their PCs are infected, and advised them on how to make their systems more secure.

Surely this is blatant self-incrimination. The story seems to describe the BBC being in violation of the Computer Misuse Act. Regardless of whether or not the BotNet has now been dismantled, fact is that this investigation is no different from somebody illicitly hacking in a computer to prove it’s vulnerable…