Sunday, July 14, 2013

Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Flaws in Computer Code

Now, the market for information about computer vulnerabilities has turned into a gold rush. Disclosures by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. consultant who leaked classified documents, made it clear that the United States is among the buyers of programming flaws. But it is hardly alone.

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"If you try to limit who you do business with, there's the possibility you will get shut out," Mr. Schmidt said. "If someone comes to you with a bug that could affect millions of devices and says, 'You would be the only one to have this if you pay my fee,' there will always be someone inclined to pay it."

"Unfortunately," he said, "dancing with the devil in cyberspace has been pretty common."

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/world/europe/nations-buying-as-hackers-sell-computer-flaws.html?pagewanted=all&

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