Expert Commentary: New House Approved Legislation Risks Prosecuting Ethical Security Researchers

Earlier this week, news broke of the House unanimously approving The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act, which would make hacking federal voting systems a crime. The legislation is a bipartisan bill that was introduced last year – it’s now moving on to the POTUS’ desk for a signature.

Casey Ellis, CTO and Founder,  Bugcrowd
September 23, 2020
As cybersecurity leaders, we have an obligation to support the ethical hacker community as they defend the safety of the Internet.
By enacting The Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act, the U.S. government might seek to deter adversaries from meddling with the voting process, but instead the biggest impact they will have is chilling and potentially criminalizing the actions of good-faith hackers conducting security research to help secure the election process. If security researchers are legally unable to discover vul ....
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