Is Ethical Hacking Legal

While ethical hacking is widely seen as a useful technique to test the security controls of an approving company or client, some in Australia disagree.   Police there have spoken out strongly against ethical hacking in the wake of some of the presentations and demos by speakers at the BSides Australia conference held in conjunction with AusCERT 2011. One of the reporters covering the event was detained by the authorities and had his iPad seized.  Some worry that such moves are similar to the update of the German criminal code outlawing so called “hacking tools.”  Coming down against ethical hacking will do nothing to prevent computer crime and is at best counterproductive. In much the same way that the German hacking law blocks legitimate security researchers from installing or distributing hacking tools. What are your thoughts? You can read more at: www.zdnet.com.au/qld-cops-denounce-ethical-hacking-339315264.htm

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