[...] with hackers you've got sort of the hacker hysteria aspect of it too, where if you can do stuff with a computer you might as well be the Wicked Witch to most federal judges [...]


For this fantastic October afternoon, we have been joined by Fred Jennings a.k.a. Esquiring for an overview of how law interacts with information security:

  • road to... law! origin stories, human rights work;
  • war stories: hacktivism vs. street crime;
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: law predating technology;
  • CFAA and bug bounties: what to watch for;

...plus some opinions that definitely are not legal advice - but are important nonetheless.

The highlights:

[00:26:51] you get a law that doesn't match the actual technical issues, and as a result criminalizes things that shouldn't be criminal and fails to criminalize things that probably should [00:27:05], [00:46:00] there is a lot of hysteria and fear of the scary hacker out there in law enforcement circles [00:46:10]

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Hosted by Stu, episode production Meadow.

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