Tag Archives: Hacking

This reporter became a poster child for overbroad hacking laws

Josh Renaud’s ordeal illustrates the pitfalls of overly-broad hacking laws Correction: This post has been updated to clarify Renaud’s process identifying the web flaw.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter and developer Josh Renaud believed he was helping teachers when he broke the story of a major flaw in a Missouri government website. Story continues below advertisement… Read More »

Vigilante Hacking: Where True Crime, Ethical Hacking, and Cyber Law Collide

Occasionally there is a major intersection of several topics that are of interest to me, which makes that combination fascinating. Such is the case when true crime fanaticism, the law, ethical hacking, and cybersecurity meet in a collision known as vigilante hacking. Crowdsourcing and Ethical Hacking to Support Law Enforcement I am quite sure, at… Read More »

Justice Department softens enforcement of hacking law in ‘good faith’ cases

The U.S. government is altering how vigorously it enforces a central cybercrime law that security researchers, civil liberty advocates and others have long-argued is overly broad. Under the change to enforcement of the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) — announced Thursday and first reported by Bloomberg — the Department of Justice will amend… Read More »