FEDERAL ANTI-HACKING LAW DOES NOT PROHIBIT VERBAL DISCLOSURE OF COMPUTER SECURITY FLAWS

The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts recognized the right of several MIT student hackers to publicly expose flaws in the ticketing methods of the Boston mass transit system, removing a prior 10-day injunction. The information provided by the hackers facilitated free public access to Boston’s mass transit system.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are some of the First Amendment implications of this case?
Have there been other cases involving lawsuits or criminal sanctions stemming from the disclosure of security flaws?
What public policy principles apply to disclosure of security flaws?

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