Tuesday, 15 July 2008

So does this make Owen (aka AKILL) ethical?

Another coup for free speech possibly? If you write software that has only one purpose, to hack into other people's computers and networks you are not guilty of anything!

Owen Thor Walker (AKA AKILL) was let off in New Zealand after admitting he had written software to create a botnet army that was then used by other people to hack into computers.

We've all heard the argument about if you manufacture hammers with a legitimate purpose you're not responsible if they are used to break down a door in a robbery. But are we really going to want to live in a world where if you create a hacking tool that has no other purpose than to steal from other people you are not guilty of something?

Perhaps Owen is the ultimate "ethical hacker".....yeah right.