Is it as risky from a legal standpoint to be a white hat hacker as it is to be a black hat?
There are a few notable white hat hackers that have faced serious legal difficulties as a result of their actions. The late Aaron Swartz immediately comes to mind. However, it’s hard to think of a black hat hacker that was responsible for major security breaches like those at Target, Home Depot, and Anthem who was caught and punished. Is it a greater legal risk to be a white hat that exposes security holes so that they can be patched that it is to be the black hat that exploits those holes?
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