Destroy 'pirate' PCs, says politician

Thursday, 19 June 2003, 9:45 AM EST

Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican representing Utah, asked technology chiefs about whether they could develop ways to damage or destroy the computers hearing in Washington on Tuesday.

Legal experts have said any attack on people's computers would contravene the US's anti-hacking laws.

Mr Hatch said damaging computers "may be the only way you can teach someone about copyright".

"No-one is interested in destroying anyone's computer," said Randy Saaf from MediaDefender, a company which develops ways to disrupt illegal music downloads.

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