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2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 2, 2012, 12:39 Creston
Hackers should keep security holes to themselves is a stupid idea. Without vulnerabilities being exposed, companies will never, EVER fix them. Either because they don't know about them, or because they refuse to spend the money to fix them.

If you go to MS and say "Hey, I found a major flaw in Windows that could literally turn thousands of machines into a botnet without their users ever noticing", Redmond will tell you to go fuck yourself, and they'll do shit.

Only by exposing it so that there's a real chance that it'll get abused do you force such companies into action. (They might from that point on possibly be held legally liable, since they can't hide behind the "We didn't know!" defense anymore?)

So yes, exposing vulnerabilities exposes them to people with bad intent, as well as the companies. But by NOT exposing them, and thus guaranteeing that the hole will never get fixed, you're basically hoping the bad guys will never discover them. Because once they do, it's party time, gangnam style.

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1. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 1, 2012, 17:08 Cutter
Well if the corps want to lose business because hackers aren't helping them out anymore that's their business.
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