posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 12:23 AM
Originally posted by TsukiLunar
Hackers are criminals.
This is really an ignorant statement and epitomizes exactly the problem that led to the whole Aaron fiasco. 'Hacking' is just a tool, that can be
used for good purposes, or criminal purposes, or neutral purposes. Jailbreaking an iPhone, rooting and Android, or even using Game Genie codes for a
video game console are all considered hacking, but none are illegal.
Sure, some choose to use their knowledge for ill-gotten financial gain, and do things like steal identities and credit card numbers. Some choose to
distribute viruses and spyware. Some choose to run bogus craigslist scams, distribute spam, and run email scams. Those people should of course be
hunted down and prosecuted. But that's not what this discussion is about. This discussion is about the need for better laws that prevent the
heavy-handed, irresponsible use of computer crime laws that are intended to prevent the latter, to prosecute the former.
Companies and government officials become their own worst enemy when they ostracize and alienate white-hat hackers, because who is going to protect
them from the black hats? If I find a security hole in a company website, and faithfully report it to them so they can fix it, and they turn around
and prosecute me for it, I guarantee nobody will bother to tell them about their security flaws again. Then their systems will remain wide open to
attack, and they'll figure it out the hard way when an actual criminal comes along and exploits the weakness for malicious purposes.