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Intellectual Weapons

Well, this is one way to make IT vendors more accountable for bugs in their products. This is more or less vigilantism, but at least it provides an less injurious alternative to vulnerability-discoverers selling their discoveries on the black-market. I don’t know if this will fly (the word extortion comes to mind) but if does then we’re going to start seeing some really long beta cycles, copy-cat services, Coverity and Ounce Labs will get acquired for billions, etc. And it’s good news for the insurance industry, too, because now they can start selling “vulnerability discovery shake-down insurance”. The implications are endless!

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