Bush Advisor Says Hackers Are Obligated To Find Security Flaws

from the and-then-we'll-throw-them-in-jail dept

Richard Clarke, President Bush’s computer security advisor, today said that hackers have an “obligation” to find security holes in computer systems and to alert those responsible. He also says that the hackers need to be protected from silly legal threats from technology companies against those who discover the holes. This is somewhat surprising from an administration that seems to support throwing all hackers in jail. Though, Clarke does say that people shouldn’t reveal the security holes until they’ve been patched.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...