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'Super-DMCA' fears suppress security research

'Super-DMCA' fears suppress security research

By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus

Posted: 14/04/2003 at 10:16 GMT

Steganography and honeypot expert Niels Provos may risk four years in prison by completing his Ph.D., writes Kevin Poulsen, of SecurityFocus.

A University of Michigan graduate student noted for his research into steganography and honeypots -- techniques for concealing messages and detecting hackers, respectively -- says he's been forced to move his research papers and software offshore and prohibit U.S. residents from accessing it, in response to a controversial new state law that makes it a felony to possess software capable of concealing the existence or source of any electronic communication.