Is now a good time to be a hacker?

Thursday, 15 August 2002, 12:39 AM EST

If a recent speech by Bush cyber security advisor Richard Clark is any indication, this is a great time to be a hacker - at least, in terms of the number of opportunities to discover and exploit system vulnerabilities.

Clark told an audience at the annual Black Hat Security convention in Las Vegas that he blames the lax security of ISPs, hardware makers, wireless network users and the government itself for creating an unstable Internet environment that is ripe for attack.

But he saved his most scathing comments for the software industry, which he contended has released products with known vulnerabilities at a dramatically increased rate in recent years.

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