A recent decision in North Dakota essentially makes doing traceroutes and WHOIS lookups a criminal act…
“Ritz’s behavior in conducting a zone transfer was unauthorized within the meaning of the North Dakota Computer Crime Law.” You might not know what a zone transfer is, but I do. It’s asking a DNS server for all the particular public info it provides about a given domain. This is a common task performed by system administrators for many purposes. The judge is saying that DNS zone transfers are now illegal in North Dakota.
Go. Donate. Whether it’s $5 or $500, this needs to be successfully appealed.
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Spamfighter’s Legal Defense Fund
PO Box 1091
Mountain View, CA