Computer Security Companies Vow to Block Police

Two computer security vendors claim that they will block police access to protected systems, even if the law allows it.

A little known part of the Computer Misuse Act (1995) allows UK Police to hack into "compromised" systems without the use of a warrant, and since the Home Office is pushing to extend police powers in this area due to Europol, UK security firms find themselves faced with a dilemma: whether to allow Police hacking, and theoretically leave the system wide open, or to block all attempts.

Kapersky Labs said on Tuesday it would block all attempts to access its customers' systems, regardless of the agency attempting the entry. David Em, Kaspersky's UK senior technology consultant said "If we provided a backdoor, it could be used by malware authors. People would be able to drive a coach and horses through our security."

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