‘White hat’ advocates law to protect ethical hacking

SETTING PRECEDENT: Chang Chi-yuan said the nation could make a major leap forward by establishing the first state-run platform in the world for ethical hackers

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 16, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

A hacker who last month infiltrated Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp’s ticketing system is now advocating legislation to protect the rights of “white hats” — computer experts who specialize in identifying vulnerabilities in information systems through penetration testing and other methods.

Chang Chi-yuan (張啟元), 25, was released on bail of NT$100,000 after he was allegedly found to have tampered the ticketing system to provide a NT$200,000 refund for a NT$20 ticket.

“I will not avoid talking about my behavioral issues, nor will I avoid addressing my legal problem, which I hope to resolve by identifying the fundamental problem,” Chang said on Facebook.

The government should create new laws and amend regulations to protect ethical hacking, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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