Dangers of Positive Disclosure
At the end of last year, we took a quick look at hacking bounties. These are bounties collected by so-called “white-hat” hackers, those Internet users or security researchers who discover critical flaws in system infrastructure that could allow more nefarious parties access to sensitive information. For the most part their efforts are applauded, and in some cases, financially rewarded for making a disclosure to the company rather than those who would use the information to cause damage.
Hackers are usually portrayed in one light in the media: using their savant-level computing knowledge to break, enter, steal, disrupt and generally cause malice. They are also usually portrayed as loners, downbeats, recluses, and worse, the general assumption being that you could only act in such a manner if you have issues.