Public safety group calls on Ottawa to legalize ‘ethical hacking’

OTTAWA – The federal government should legalize some computer hacking activities, including allowing researchers to sleuth through networks and personal computers in order to track down the source of a cyber threat or online protests that take down a website, a report for Public Safety Canada argues.

The government-commissioned report argues that the Harper government should consider exemptions for security researchers to clear up the legal dilemmas these researchers face and codify what “ethical hacking” entails, such as permitting researchers to play with copyrighted software in order to determine security concerns.

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