Hacking for a greater good
Many of us associate the term "hacker" with an anti-social teenager who uses his computing talent for nefarious ends, terrorising people with malicious viruses or defacing websites. What we are not aware of are "white hackers" — do-gooders who attempt to break into systems or networks to help the owners of these systems discover security flaws.
Polish-born Adam Gowdiak belongs to this category. Gowdiak, a security engineer with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), discovered a vulnerability earlier this year in Java 2 Microedition (J2ME), a middleware platform used in mobile devices (that is, cell phones and personal digital assistants).
By Sharmila Ganapathy at The Edge Daily.
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