Ethical hackers expose legal flaws

Friday, 21 June 2002, 1:42 PM EST

Journalist Roger Howorth casts his eye over the world of ethical hacking.

I have spent most of the last week attending a training course on ethical hacking. A course like this is bound to raise a number of eyebrows, but the agenda is harmless enough, and covers the kinds of misconfigurations and programming bugs which are exploited by hackers and their worms.

This is fascinating stuff, with the practical coursework peaking as each student took control of Windows and Linux servers despite the best efforts of a series of routers and firewalls.

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