Judge Still Keeps MIT Students Gagged Over Subway Hacking Presentation

from the keep-quiet dept

The EFF tried to get the gag order lifted off the three MIT students who had planned a presentation on how Boston's subway system was vulnerable to some hacks. However, a judge has left the gag order in place, saying that it will be discussed at a hearing next Tuesday. He also ordered the students to hand over more information.

There's been a long debate in the security community about what is proper "disclosure." There are some who believe that you should wait until a vulnerability is fixed before disclosing it, while others believe that only by disclosing it are people really motivated to fix the vulnerability. However, most of those debates haven't taken place in court -- so this particular case should be quite interesting for those who are involved in security research, no matter which side of the "disclosure" debate you fall on.

Filed Under: boston, disclosure, gag rule, hacking, mit, subway


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    Gan, 14 Aug 2008 @ 7:07pm

    So now we will have to wait for the hackers to exploit these flaws before this fool judge will admit they exist. He is probably still using a quill and inkwell to write his decisions. Do you think we can survive a president that can't quite grasp the concept of browser?

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