[Dshield] Surely Not?

Joel Esler eslerj at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 20:43:03 GMT 2006

This isn't like a "TGIF" joke is it?  There's no way they would  
prosecute someone for people refreshing the page...


On Jan 6, 2006, at 3:03 PM, stu wrote:

> UNIONTOWN -- A Stark County high school senior has been arrested and
> charged for allegedly trying to crash his school's computer system.
> Police say the student, created a website which connected to the
> school's system.
> When enough users logged on and hit the F5 button, it overloaded the
> school's system.
> But, Lake High School caught-on before the system crashed. Its  
> computers
> started slowing down.
> "It's a crime and it is important we take this seriously ...  
> especially
> for school officials ... it could have done a tremendous amount of
> damage," said Canton City Prosecutor Frank Fronchione.
> Stone is charged with a felony and could face jail time.
> But prosecutors say community service is more likely and disciplinary
> action from the school.
> http://www.wkyc.com/akron/akron_article.aspx?storyid=45721
> Surely the people pressing F5 are liable? If I link to a website the
> people who abuse that are liable?  How many people would they have
> needed to refresh the page to cause it to slow down!?! What does
> "tremendous amount of damage" actually refer to; I'd like to see the
> description for releasing student records in comparison with trying to
> DoS a web server.
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