Security researchers, ethical hackers, and bug hunters spend their days trying to make the world safer and more secure. And yet the US legal system makes it almost impossible for them to do their jobs, thanks to flimsy interpretations of long, outdated laws.
In the past year alone, there have been several lawsuits and legal actions against security researchers, who find and report software and hardware weaknesses in the hope that companies will fix them. That's led to a "chilling effect," whereby the good-guy hackers hesitate to report vulnerabilities and weaknesses to technology firms for fear of facing legal action.

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