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Ethical hackers no longer face prosecution in the US

Ethical hackers no longer face prosecution in the US

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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has softened its treatment of ethical hackers.

Hackers carrying out “good faith” security research will no longer be charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

The department defined “good faith” security research as accessing a computer solely for the purposes of “good-faith testing, investigation, or the correction of a security flaw or vulnerability, where such activity is carried out in a manner designed to avoid any harm to individuals or the public”.

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