Controversial Product... keeping it legal

by lurky 4 replies
Hi
I have created a library of e-learning files on the topic of computer hacking, which I am planing to make available for sale. Customers will login to my website and have access to files they have paid for.
While I know plenty about computers, this is my first business venture, and my primary concern is staying on the right side of the law. The materials do not promote breaking any laws, but they discuss techniques that are illegal. I'll have a lawyer draft disclaimers which will be displayed on the on the material, but my concern is that some fool may take the course, cause millions in damages, then the victims may try to sue me.
So I can either create some type of business structure, like an LLC, which is actually attached to my SS#, and use a traditional payment system, but here I run the risk of being personally involved if there is a problem.
Or I can try to run the site on a server in some foreign country and ask for payment in Bitcoins, which may even be illegal itself? but I can remain anonymous.
I realize this isn't a legal forum, but perhaps someone else has navigated these waters? Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Seriously?

    This is the only way to make money you can come up with?

    Or I can try to run the site on a server in some foreign country and ask for payment in Bitcoins, which may even be illegal itself? but I can remain anonymous.
    Or you could just set up a legit business and accept Paypal...
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  • Profile picture of the author deekay
    Hi friend

    I suggest you find a better way of making money. You have great potential in you, you know how to hack that's a lot of brains there.

    But life is about being fair, i would highly recommend you use that skills of your in a good way. What you sow is what you reap as they say.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author nmwf
    Changing your audience from wanna-be hackers to computer security students or trainees might help you avoid the legal consequences of what you want to do. I have no idea how easy or difficult that'll be, but you'll at least be able to work within your expertise. I'd partner up with a well-known computer security service first though to help establish your true intentions. Anything less and you're going to face an unbelievable backlash.

    Does the name David Rosenthal ring a bell with anyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zoumhem
    Originally Posted by lurky View Post

    Or I can try to run the site on a server in some foreign country and ask for payment in Bitcoins, which may even be illegal itself? but I can remain anonymous.
    I realize this isn't a legal forum, but perhaps someone else has navigated these waters? Thanks
    You could do that and try to use bitcoins for everything, there are also foreign hosters who accept bitcoins. But one can still trace you back, there is not a 100% anonymity and law forces can find you easily, so if the worst case (like you mentioned above) happen, you can still be sued for everything. But keep in mind that I´m not a lawyer.


    But like everyone has said, what you are going to do is (in my opinion) neither legal or illegal because the information you provide can be used to test the own server/network system. But it also can be used to do real shit with.

    It is your choice if you like to take that risk or not. Or if you have the money, contact a lawyer and ask him, what could happen.

    Best Regards
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