Saturday, February 26, 2011

Paul Roberts on HBGary

If you haven't been paying a lot of attention to the strange case of HBGary, let me draw your attention to this essay by Paul Roberts of Kaspersky Labs: RSA 2011: Winning the War But Losing Our Soul. It's the most thoughtful and reflective analysis I've seen yet, and focuses the discussion where I think it is most useful: on the ethics and morality of the entire episode. Here's the crucial quote:

Focus on cyber crime and hacking in the same way as you focus on other types of crimes: as long term problems that must be managed within the "context of normal life," rather than "wars" that pose an existential threat to those involved and must be won at all costs.

Wise words, Mr. Roberts; thank you for speaking up.

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