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"An Intel computer security expert runs afoul of the law.
So much for the 'hacker ethic'?"
Regardless of whether one sees Randal Schwartz as a
white knight with questionable judgment or a computer
criminal who deserves jail time, his tale contains
valuable lessons for anyone who uses or manages a
corporate computer system. On the Internet, computer
programmers and systems administrators have debated
whether Mr. Schwartz was a hero or a criminal. The
on-line jury is divided. Most concluded that he was
guilty of poor judgment, not criminal intent. Some say
the case has killed the hacker ethic. "If I saw someone
on the Internet with a security weakness, at this point
I would be reluctant to act the Good Samaritan and
report it," said Jeffrey Kegler, an independent software
consultant in Sunnyvale Calif. "If I saw weakness in
Intel's machine, I'd keep it to myself."
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