Should white hat hackers disclose their work to governments, companies, and the media?

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Following his recent conviction for identity fraud and conspiracy in the AT&T iPad security breach, Andrew Auernheimer — also known by his online handle weev — published an opinion piece in Wired to tackle the complicated ethics issue of disclosing exploits. Auernheimer frowns on the practice of selling exploits to security corporations and governments, who often use the information for personal gain rather than consumer protection. Aiding unethical parties, he argues, “makes you a party to their crimes: It’s no different than giving a rifle to a man you know is going to shoot someone.” For more on the ethical shades of grey white hat hackers must learn to navigate, check out the full piece at the source link below.

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