Hacker faces wrath after pointing out security flaw


It's called Section 1030, and it's a federal law written to prevent unauthorized access to data on computers. For the most part, it is a workaday statute that does its job without drawing a lot of attention to itself. Like many laws, however, Section 1030 suffers from a stringent set of guidelines as to what constitutes illegal activity. Sometimes, a well-meaning user can find himself or herself on the wrong side of those lines.

That is exactly what appears to have happened in the case of Eric McCarty, who recently found himself arraigned on charges of breaching security and accessing confidential data on a network at the University of Southern California. Hacker faces wrath after pointing out security flaw

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 11th May 2006 1:11AM