Is it just as illegal to hack with a conscience?

September, 10, 2012 Branden Spikes

I recently read about this 2.5 year prison sentence for a hacker who ran and and rented access to his huge botnet.  Got me thinking, I wonder if he'd have served any time at all if he had taken measures to protect the victim's data before letting his customers use the computers. Imagine a scrupulous hacker putting the botnet jobs within virtual sandboxes and having them run at low CPU/bandwidth priority.  I mean, I doubt this guy ever really intended to cause harm to his victims, right???

Branden Spikes, CEO CTO and Founder, Spikes Security

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