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IDFAQ: Is port scanning legal?

Port scanning is like ringing the doorbell to see whether someone's at home. The police usually can't do anything about it. They have to wait until a crime is committed. For example, in Germany and Singapore, port scanning cannot be prosecuted. However, consult your local lawyer to see if this is true in your country. Sometimes, if a computer system is affected too much by a port scan, one can argue that the port scan was, in fact, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, which is usually an offense.