A group of white hat hackers have posted a petition calling for reform of both the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
According to Forbes, they claim that the acts prevent them doing their day job, and prevent proper research into widely deployed and critical technologies.
Jen Ellis, senior director of community and public affairs at Rapid7, called for laws “that protect intellectual property and prosecute cyber criminals in a blog post about the petition. She said: “But doesn’t it seem a little self-defeating if the very law that was designed to protect us from cyber attacks also limits the research that would reveal how we’re at risk from these attackers so we can take necessary steps to protect ourselves?”
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