Sad Day for IT Security in Germany

10 August 2007

So today the much critized “anti-hacker” law went into effect in Germany (german article on

Among other things, this makes it illegal to produce, acquire or distribute software that could be used to circumvent security measures. The problem—besides being extremely vague—is that it completely ignores security research, for which such tools are obviously needed. Also, it may outlaw the publication of proof-of-concept attack code.

Emigration just became a bit more attractive. (But then again there's also stuff like this.)