Is password guessing legal?

Brian McWilliams brian at
Tue Oct 29 16:28:42 PST 2002

At 04:34 PM 10/28/2002, Major Variola (ret) wrote:
> >The e-mails sent to press at were obtained earlier this month
>by first clicking on a link labeled "Check your e-mail in Uruk" on the
>homepage of Iraq's state-controlled ISP,, then guessing the
>login name and password -- both of which were the same five-letter word.
>Did that Wired reporter just admit to a crime?

What if he did?


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