The Justice Department announced today that the policy change will no longer pursue bona fide security research that would violate the country’s federal hacking law – the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Motherboard: The move is significant because CAFA has often posed a threat to security researchers who may investigate or hack systems to detect vulnerabilities so they can be fixed. A revision of the policy means that such a study should not be blamed.

“Computer security research is a key factor in improving cybersecurity,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco said in a statement issued alongside the announcement. “The Department has never been interested in prosecuting bona fide computer security research as a crime, and today’s announcement promotes cybersecurity by providing clarity for bona fide security researchers who eradicate vulnerabilities for the common good.” The policy itself states that “the Department’s goal of ensuring confidentiality and cybersecurity is to promote confidentiality and cybersecurity by respecting the legitimate right of individuals, network owners, operators and others to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and accessibility of information stored in their systems.” .

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