Fed plea: Stop security leaks

Monday, 5 August 2002, 10:31 AM EST

federal officials said they would use the government's massive purchasing power to force developers to improve the security of their products.

While acknowledging that software makers continue to release buggy products, Richard Schaeffer, deputy director of the National Security Agency, stressed that publicizing a vulnerability without warning and before a patch has been created could potentially threaten U.S. computing systems.

"Responsible disclosure means not letting out information that could do harm to critical systems falling into the wrong hands," he said.

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