Originally Posted by phill1978
my granddad has one of these implanted, the idea of some s-stain of a hacker stopping it working for the 'lol' means i actually have zero sympathy for once if it was a 'hit'
Raising awareness about a serious defect or the technical obsolescence due to other electronic wave emitting devices becoming mainstream in the design of certain life support devices is not a crime, just like speaking out about stuff that are broken due to being outdated or wrong to begin with, is not a crime.
"Hackers" of any kind, are "scientists".
The scientific process requires a prudent person to try to "break" his/her theory and/or process.
If the theory/process "withstands" the disproving attacks - i.e. a program that is supposed to be secure cannot easily be compromised - it is "proven" to work, at least without reasonable doubts. As the processes of "testing" get better, prudent social animals are required to keep "stress-testing" the prevailing theories to see how much water those can still hold.
If you cannot or don't want to do that for your own machine/process, this doesn't mean that if someone finds its weakness should not speak up and point it out because it might "hurt" your wallet or ego.
That's what we do in physics and math and Theoretical Science advances.
That's what we do in psychology and lawmaking, and social justice and sense of morality advances.
That's what we do in manufacturing and engineering, and what we built has the potential to be faster/better/cheaper.
That's what we do in Programming ("hacking") = reverse engineering.
He did not sell the secret to "the bad guys", he did not lecture in favor of terrorizing random folks like your granpa.
In your logic, some could claim that whipping the lives of a few outspoken scientists that worry about sustainability will make the resources stop running out and the planet start cooling down, or stop teaching facts we dislike in schools will stop those from being facts...(oh, wait...)Edited by pcfoo - 7/26/13 at 9:39am