Dutch government introduces disclosure guidelines for white hat hackers

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The Netherlands last week released official guidelines on “hacktivism,” as part of an attempt to encourage white hat hackers to responsibly disclose security flaws. The framework, published Thursday, establishes a formal procedure for ethical hackers to follow when reporting IT vulnerabilities, standing in stark contrast to the more fragmented means by which security holes are typically publicized.

“Persons who report an IT vulnerability have an important social responsibility,” the Netherlands’ National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) said in a release. The NCSC added that some hackers may be reluctant to directly notify an organization after discovering a security flaw, choosing instead to anonymously go public online or via other media…

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