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RE: Port scanning legal

  • From: Mathew Butler
  • Date: Tue Dec 19 21:26:32 2000

Title: RE: Port scanning legal

Great, so you're suggesting punishing good locksmiths or windowmen.

-Mat Butler

-----Original Message-----
From: Christian Kuhtz [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 4:35 PM
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Port scanning legal

On Tue, Dec 19, 2000 at 04:26:33PM -0800, [email protected] wrote:
> I do not understand why people get so uppity about a scan.  Let's be real
> here, a simple portscan is about equivalent to walking along a sidewalk
> and checking out the houses for open windows and doors.  And about as
> harmful.
> What is harmful is what sometimes comes after that.  (Not always; not
> usually; not even half the time I'd bet.)  But the only damage a portscan
> does is a few packets over your network and maybe 4M of logs (depending on
> how you're logging).  When writing and enforcing laws, it's important to
> punish what's harmful, not what may be harmful.  Or else looking at houses
> as you walk down the street may be illegal.

I do think there is a difference between looking at houses and windows
from the street and walking up to them and rattling the door and windows to
see if it they are locked or determining what model lock, door or window
is used etc.