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Is Some Hacking Justified?

A former judge in California has been sentenced to 27 months in jail on Internet child abuse charges. The ground breaking thing about the case is that some of the evidence was provided by a Canadian hacker who planted a Trojan Horse on an Internet newsgroup visited by paedophiles that was then downloaded by 66-year-old Ronald C Kline.

In following the case, Sophos ran a poll to see whether the public thought that it was justified to use hacking in this circumstance.

The results of 233 votes show that almost two thirds believe that hacking is unacceptable in any circumstance. I wonder however what the results would be if another website ran the poll. We have to remember that people using the Sophos website are likely to have cyber crime on the mind and this could create a negative bias.

In order to catch a thief you often have to think like a thief and even behave like one. So should the laws be black and white when it comes to hacking. Could there be an acceptable use policy?

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