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RE: [fyodor () insecure org: C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malware!]
From: Nathan Eisenberg <nathan () atlasnetworks us>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:54:34 +0000
It could be argued that Nmap is malware, and such software has already
been called to be made illegal.
If I was Cnet, I would stop distributing his software altogether.
It could. But making such an argument calls the arguer's grasp of reality into question. Nmap is a tool, like any
other. It has no more ethical value than a nail gun or a hammer. In the hands of an engineer, it is a valuable
addition to a toolkit. In the hands of an attacker, it can become a weapon.
If it could be argued that Nmap is malware, then it could be argued that hammers are weapons; therefore, we should call
on Home Depot to stop carrying these deadly instruments with all due alacrity - or at least have governments step in
and create licensing programs for hand tools.