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Staying within the law

The underlying principle of ethical hacking is that you cannot attack a system unless you own it or have been authorised to do so.
Needless to say, a lot of the skills and information that you learn in this course are used by criminals, as well as legitimate penetration testers.

There are a few things that you must be aware of:

  • Often you will be working on the edge of what is legal
  • We are doing our work in a controlled lab environment
  • Throughout the module we will do our best to appraise you of any legal issues that you may run into
  • However, outside the lab it is your responsibility to ensure that you always remain on the right side of the law

The underlying principle of ethical hacking is that you cannot attack a system unless you own it or have been authorised to do so. As part of that authorisation, you will have a clear scope of the assignment and you must stay within the scope at all times.

In addition to this, any external links in this course will take you to third-party websites. Coventry University does not accept responsibility for nor endorse the content of these sites.

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