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Netherlands offers guidelines to work with hactivists
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 04:08:05 -0600 (CST)

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2023787/netherlands-offers-guidelines-to-work-with-hactivists.html

By Loek Essers
PCWorld.com
Jan 6, 2013

The Dutch government's cyber security center has published guidelines that it hopes will encourage ethical hackers to disclose security vulnerabilities in a responsible way.

"Persons who report an IT vulnerability have an important social responsibility," the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice said on Thursday, announcing guidelines for ethical hacking that were published by the country's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC).

White-hat hackers and security researchers play an important role in securing IT systems by finding vulnerabilities, the NCSC said. However, the center maintained that security researchers are sometimes reluctant to disclose vulnerabilities to companies, instead using media outlets to announce vulnerabilities, which is an undesirable practice because it exposes a hole before it is fixed. (See also "'Audacious' Hactivists Make Social Statement, Scholar Says.")

With the guide, the government wants to provide organizations with a framework to create their own policies on responsible disclosure. Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Security and Justice, plans to encourage a wide use of the responsible disclosure guidelines within the government, he said in a letter sent to the parliament.

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